From School Library Journal
Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Machinery parades across colorful spreads in this interactive look at equipment. The inventory includes a helicopter, tugboat, cement mixer, and more. The text, one to three lines per spread, is rich in vocabulary. The words and the quality illustrations interact well to portray how each piece of equipment is used in a selected situation. Children will chime in with the "GZZZZZZZZZK!" of the backhoe, the "WWAAAAAWWWWWWWWRRRR!" of the fire engine, and other sounds produced by the equipment. The realistic digital paintings will delight youngsters; spreads alternate with three-page foldouts that show the machines at work. Some reveal unanticipated surprises like a helicopter hovering over a family of ducks crossing a road. The last two pages have small pictures of the machines, descriptions of what they are used for, and labels for selected components. This well-constructed picture book is a surefire hit.—Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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Combining the excitement of powerful machines in action with reminders of how they help humans, Low adds a surprising dimension to the familiar story of vehicles at work. Children mesmerized by the vrooming motion will be drawn by the unframed, double-page spreads and big flaps that open to show overviews and close-ups of trucks, trains, and boats. There are also delicate, detailed views of the humans, plants, and animals that the technology helps conserve. The huge, powerful backhoe is ready with its stabilizers down. Is it going to dig up a flower garden? Open the flap, and the three-page spread shows the backhoe making a hole for new trees. Has a fire engine arrived to put out a blaze in the cherry trees? Open the flap and see the firefighters rescuing a tiny kitten stuck high in the branches. On other spreads, a tugboat pulls a huge container ship and a drawbridge stops traffic for a passing freight train. A final spread adds facts about the nine amazing machines. Preschool-Grade 1. --Hazel Rochman