Cover image for Trucks : giants of the highway
Trucks : giants of the highway
Robbins, Ken.
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Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1999.
Physical Description:
29 unnumbered pages ; 25 x 30 cm
Describes different kinds of tractor trailers, or big rigs, and the loads they haul.
Reading Level:
860 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 0.5 32453.

Reading Counts RC K-2 4.1 2 Quiz: 24069 Guided reading level: O.
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TL230.15 .R63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
TL230.15 .R63 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Huge, powerful, noisy, colorful, and fast, the big trucks known as semis fascinate children.Master photographer Ken Robbins's striking images take young readers out on the road for a first look at these big rigs and the hard-driving women and men who live behind the wheel.

Author Notes

Ken Robbins was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1945. He graduated from Cornell University in 1967. He worked as a book editor at Doubleday before becoming a children's book author and photographer. He wrote and illustrated more than 20 children's books including Pumpkins, Apples, and Earth. He primarily took photographs of scenery and still lifes. His photographs were reproduced on book jackets, record album covers, and in magazines including the cover of Time. They were also collected in books including The Hamptons Suite. He died on March 9, 2017 at the age of 71.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Young truck enthusiasts will enjoy this well-written, attractive photo-essay spotlighting the huge tractor-trailer trucks known as "big rigs" and the men and women who drive them. Robbins' simple, straightforward text describes the parts that make up the 18-wheelers and discusses the different loads various types of trailers carry. Also mentioned is the lonely way of life many long-haul truckers face and the importance of truck stops, CB radios, and computers to help drivers stay in touch. The photographs add visual excitement with their bright colors and occasional scenic backdrops. Beginning readers and preschoolers will find this to be a good introduction to a popular subject. --Lauren Peterson

Publisher's Weekly Review

"The straightforward text hums along like the 18 wheels of its subject," according to PW. "A fine photo-essay tribute to life on the road." Ages 4-7. (Dec.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved