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Life of a Car Hardcover – May 13, 2008

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PreSchool-Grade 1—With torn-paper collages in saturated color and just three words for every spread except the last, Steggall presents the life cycle of a car from its manufacture to its destruction and recycling, when the process begins anew. Large spreads show the car's assembly, delivery, purchase by a woman with two children, and how they use and maintain it until an accident requires that they call a tow truck and dispose of it. Cars crowd the endpapers, and a designer is busily at work on the title page. Sharp readers will notice that, like the vehicles in Steggall's On the Road (Kane/Miller, 2005), these autos have steering wheels on the right, license plates that look different, and travel on the left side of the road. As an added bonus, the youngsters who journey with this car through its brief life will also bump into delicious verbs such as "deliver," "tow," "strip," "crush," and "recycle."—Marianne Saccardi, formerly at Norwalk Community College, CT
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Should appeal particularly to budding mechanics. (Kirkus)
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); 1st edition (May 13, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805087478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805087475
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 0.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,149,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I studied Graphic Design at Bath College of Higher Education before becoming a primary school teacher and teaching infants for several years. I then left work to have my two boys. When they were very young, they became so fascinated with cars, boats and trains that I began making pictures of the vehicles that they loved so much - stitching them onto their bedcovers, printing them onto their walls and eventually, developing ideas for picture books.

All of these books are now illustrated using collages made from many different manufactured and handmade papers - and sometimes other oddments that I find!

In March 2011, I was highly commended by the judges of the Booktrust's Best New Illustrators Award.

Visit my website at www.susansteggall.co.uk

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Format: Hardcover
We recently discovered Susan Steggal and have loved several of her books (Busy Boats, On the Road), but I wish I had read this one through before reading it to my 2 1/2 year old. It starts well, showing the beginning of a car's life, being made in a factory, carried on a car carrier, sold at a car dealership, being driven, in the car wash. But the car is eventually in a three-car pile-up and is totaled. It is stripped and the body is crushed. The last page says that it is recycled and "begin again."

My son was terrified. First by the car being crushed, and then, when he made the connection, by the accident. Now when we go out in the car he says, "Be very careful, Mommy." For my son, who loves cars like they're his close friends, the picture of the car being crushed may as well have been of a cremation.

I realize that at 2 1/2, my son is far younger than the recommended age range of 5-8, but the reading level is really very simple, with just one short sentence on each page (e.g. "Wash the car."). While the topic does seem appropriate for five year olds, the text is much more at the level of a toddler.

If you think that your child would be fine with an accident and a car being stripped and crushed, then this is a great book. It has fantastic pictures and the text is accessible and interesting. But for parents of more sensitive/anxious children, I recommend sticking to Susan Steggal's other books.
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My son got this book when he was born from his aunt. He has carried it around so much and we have read it so much that it actually fell apart. He is only 18months old but knows every page of this book. I decided to get him a new one for his Easter basket. He wil be so excited!
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Our 3 1/2 yr old grandson fell in love with this book. I had found it in the library and when he came to my house - that is the first book he would ask for. Now he is most happy with his own copy.
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