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Title:
Tractor-trailer trucker : a powerful truck book
Author:
Mitchell, Joyce Slayton.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Berkeley, Calif. : Tricycle Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
38 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
Summary:
Introduces the various parts of a tractor trailer and their functions as a truck driver prepares to take his "big rig" on the road.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.7 0.5 107959.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781582460109
Format :
Book

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Introduces the various parts of a tractor trailer and their functions as a truck driver prepares to take his big rig on the road.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 2^-5. This well-designed volume offers young trucker wannabes a step-by-step guide to driving a big rig. Written in the imperative instruction-manual style, the handsome book offers tips for checking the various vehicle parts, loading cargo, driving and shifting gears, navigating, and outfitting the cab with modern comforts, including microwaves and laptop computers. Steven Borns' well-reproduced photographs include enough details to satisfy truck fanatics, and a sample "trucker's daily log" and a brief guide to kid-friendly "Trucker Talk" will feed interest further. The language is technical, although a glossary is appended; and struggling readers may skip the text and go straight to the images. But whether they're reading or browsing, children passionate about trucks will keep this one in constant circulation. --Gillian Engberg


School Library Journal Review

Gr 2-4-With close-up color photos and brief, technical directions, this book encourages readers to take the driver's seat. Every page has instructions on how to check under the hood, hook up the tractor and trailer, shift gears, load cargo, complete a "vehicle inspection report," and more. Large pictures of the inside and outside of a tractor-trailer truck dominate each page, but the minimal text that accompanies most of the pictures leaves many questions unanswered. Inquisitive readers will want to know what shock absorbers or ratchet binders do as they read about them. The mentions of "satellite paging" and of "citizens band (CB) radio" demand the kind of detailed explanation that is included in the section on sleeping in the truck. A glossary and a page of "Trucker Talk" don't make up for this lack of clarification. While the title promises that this is "A Powerful Truck Book," it does not convey the sense of size and strength of its subject that Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks (HarperCollins, 2000) does.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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