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Age Range: 3 - 6
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A stalwart in nonfiction gives a basic introduction to the topic.

Gibbons breaks transportation (or “what people use to get around”) into four main categories: cars and other vehicles, trains, aircraft, and boats. As the many cars, buses, vans, etc. zip past, the most notable fact included is the definition of commuters. The rest deals in generalities about size, shape, and speed. For trains, planes, and boats there is a bit more to explain about how they work, but even that is kept to a one-sentence, sometimes frustratingly simplistic minimum: “Helicopters and many planes have engines that turn propeller blades to make them fly.” Space travel feels tacked on as an afterthought (with the International Space Station jarringly butting up against a country road across the gutter), with a little speculation about transportation in the future. Tucked among the buses, bikes, and sedans, there is a bit of diversity found in the townsfolk, but the majority is still white.

Gibbons turns this into a Richard Scarry imitation, lacking an entertaining (or even very informational) text to accompany the many labeled vehicles; confirmed transportation enthusiasts will quickly lose interest. (Informational picture book. 3-6)

Pub Date: March 15th, 2017
ISBN: 978-0-8234-3425-1
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2017


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