From the Set 21st Century Skills Innovation Library
Rock climbing walls, swimming pools, mini golf courses, ice skating rinks are now available on passenger ships. How do they do it? Who comes up with the next new thing? What role does innovation play in the development of the next generation of passenger ships? This "Innovation in Transportation" book, Passenger Ships, takes a look at the people and creative ideas that have changed the way we think about passenger ships.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.4|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Press|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602792364), Hosted ebook (9781602793859H)|
|Number of Pages||32, 32|
|Dimensions||7.5 x 9.5|
School Library Journal
This utilitarian series describes innovations in eight means of transportation as well as their current uses. Each volume features a concise history of its topic, covers current issues and developments and the future outlook, and includes brief biographies of significant people. Both genders and minorities are represented, and up-to-date concerns, such as fuel efficiency and pollution, are included. Most readable are the volumes by Franchino and Marsico; however, there is a formulaic quality to the writing, caused, for example, by repeated mentions of the value of teamwork. A couple of minor errors crop up, and Masters demonstrates an annoying habit of quoting Wilbur Wright’s thoughts. Good color photos generally contribute to the texts but have a tendency to be small, making it difficult to pick out the details they are meant to convey. Bold color choices in the page design sometimes cross the line into garish, as in green highlights on a purple background. Still, the series often provides a view of some compelling developments, such as high-speed rail, future trucks, and container ships, and it benefits from inherent interest in the topic.
Author: Judy Alter
Judy Alter is the author of numerous books for young readers, as well as novels for young adults and adults. Recent titles include Souvenirs from the Stars, John Barclay Armstrong: Texas Ranger, and MartÃn de Leon: Tejano Empresario. Alter has been director of a small university press for twenty years. She is the mother of four grown children and the grandmother of seven. She lives in Fort Worth, Texas, with her Australian shepherd, Scooby, and her cat, Wynona.
- Travel by Water
- Improving Safety
- Spreading the Word
- The Future of Passenger Ships
- Shippers with Vision
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- About the Author