From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-- The development of familiar modern vehicles is the focus of this colorful series. Clear, captioned photographs and full-color drawings add action to and reinforce information found in the simple texts. Each volume takes its featured vehicle from its earliest documented creation through common modern designs, and then looks at possible future incarnations with special comfort, power, and safety features. A two-page "Facts and Records" section provides tidbits of information about unique occurrences in the use or development of the vehicle type. Pedal Power adds modern mountain bikes and recumbent bicycles to the similar historical scope of Lynn Lee Monroe's The Old-Time Bicycle Book (Carolrhoda, 1979; o.p.). Many works exist to tell beginners about riding and caring for motorcycles, but Superbikes is unique in its scope and format for this level and its overview of the motorcycle's developmental history. To the Rescue is the most unusual in that it combines histories of fire engines and equipment, ambulances, and police cars. This mixture of special-use vehicles does not appear elsewhere nor is the historical perspective on them available outside of encyclopedias and histories of the services with which they are associated. Top Gear will fit well with Mike Hill's Weird and Wonderful Autos (Enterprise, 1975; o.p.), which includes many of the same vehicles plus dozens of unique and specialty automobiles. Car (Knopf, 1990) by Richard Sutton offers a highly detailed technical supplement to these two titles. --Ann G. Brouse, Steele Memorial Library, Elmira, NY
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