SAM GOES TRUCKING by Henry Horenstein


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Bright, clear color photographs give this look at a typical trucker's day plenty of visual appeal. Young Sam is going out with his father to make a delivery, so it's up at 6 a.m., over to the docks in a 16-wheeler for a load of fresh fish, and then off down the road--with stops only for lunch (at a truck stop, of course) and for a "smokey" doing safety checks. Many of the photos are obviously posed, and Sam may be just a bit old to be traveling with a teddy bear, but everything--from the bright red Mack cab to the late-autumn New England foliage--is drenched in cheerful sunlight. The brief text--mostly snippets of conversation--helps to establish a mood of easy camaraderie between father and son, as well as to explain the action where necessary. This doesn't have the pulse-pounding drama of David Lyon's The Biggest Truck (1988), but it will still delight young truck-and-train devotees.

ISBN: 395-44313-X
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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