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*Starred Review* Excavate some room on the odd-sized shelves for books in the vehicle-themed Up Close series, which are packed with full-color photographs on pages measuring about 10 ½ x 14 inches, many of which open out into eye-popping gatefolds. This particular title is tailor-made for children known to gaze longingly at construction sites. Even preschoolers will enjoy the photos, so like toys come to life, but children who can read on their own, or sit still through each page's several paragraphs of text, will get the most out of the book's terrific mix of fun technical vocabulary (tunnel borer, crawler-transporter) and trivia ripe for sharing. Meticulous about indicating scale, the many pictures show workers dwarfed by the vehicles they tend, and several stamped Actual Size depict features dashboard equipment, for example as they really are. Conservation-minded children who may wince at the emphasis on machines that aren't earth friendly, such as those designed for strip mining, will be pleased to see that recycling equipment also gets its due. At times, the supersize photos seem slightly distorted or fuzzy, but few readers will object as they pore over this celebration of the building industry's biggest movers and shakers.--Mattson, Jennifer Copyright 2008 Booklist
From building skyscrapers to loading freight trains, from tearing down old houses to mining fuel, heavy equipment is everywhere! Children will enjoy taking a close-up look at these important machines, including terrific tractors, bucket wheel excavators, and even a super space shuttle crawler--the largest self-powered tracked vehicle in the world. Great-looking and large shots showcase extra-big tires, a tractor's advanced hydraulic system, a control stick for steering, a bulldozer blade, and the long, wide tracks of a crawler crane. And kids will really dig into fascinating facts and information on heavy machine achievements such as building the Chunnel, the longest tunnel on earth.
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