From the Set 21st Century Skills Innovation Library
Who can up with the idea behind the first truck? How big is the largest truck in the world? How much does it haul? The "Innovation in Transportation" book Trucks takes a look at the people and creative ideas that have changed the way we think about trucks.
|Interest Level||Grade 4 - Grade 8|
|Reading Level||Grade 6|
|ATOS Reading Level||6.6|
|Guided Reading Level|
|Publisher||Cherry Lake Publishing|
|Available Formats||Reinforced book (9781602792371), PDF (9781602793866), ePub (9781631881787), Hosted ebook (9781602793866H), Kindle (9781624319815)|
|Number of Pages||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: Matt Mullins
Matt Mullins holds a master‘s degree in the history of science. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife and son. Matt writes about science and technology, food, and other topics that interest him.
- From Steam to Gas Power
- The Fast Lane for Freight Hauling
- Chapter Three The Business of Making and Using Trucks
- Chapter Four The Road Ahead
- Chapter Five Key Innovators
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- About the Author