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Tonka Big Book Of Trucks Hardcover Book Hardcover – September 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Series: Tonka
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590845721
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590845724
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 3?Basic information and full-color illustrations introduce 40 different trucks, from backhoes to shuttle transports. Double-page spreads depict four trucks within a scene: e.g., "Building a House," "In the City," and "At the Seaport." The following spread shows each vehicle separately, with a paragraph of description. In general, this format works well enough, as readers are able to see trucks in action, along with the people who work with them, and then turn the page for details. In some cases, scale is misleading: a gantry crane and forklift are in scale in the general seaport scene, but not in the captioned illustrations that follow. Each vehicle bears the "TonkaR" logo, though they are depicted as real, working trucks in the illustrations. Like the toys, however, many are simplified: there is no exhaust pipe on the bulldozer, for instance, and not a single truck has a side-view mirror. The text is straightforward and simple, offering just enough detail for youngsters to understand the basic workings of each vehicle. Most terms are smoothly described within the text, but a few ("winch cab," "payload bay...") are not. The wide variety of equipment and pleasing format will attract young enthusiasts, though this title does not quite match the exciting visual appeal of The Big Book of Things That Go (DK, 1994) or the lively, informative text of Hope Marston's Big Rigs (Cobblehill, 1993).?Steven Engelfried, West Linn Public Library, OR
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Ages 4^-8. For all those preschool fans of trucks and heavy vehicles, this large-size, brightly colored book is packed with technical information and clear illustrations. There are 10 chapters, including "Building a House," "On the Highway," "In the City," "On the Farm," and "At the Space Shuttle." For each of the 10 sites a double-page spread shows and describes the trucks and their drivers (men and women) working together; on the next two pages, there are clear, detailed pictures and descriptions of the particular vehicles, from bulldozer and roller to tractor and ambulance: what they do and how they do it. Almost every vehicle has the Tonka logo, and the pictures and the endpapers openly promote that popular line of toy vehicles. Hazel Rochman

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff R. Montgomery on September 16, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is my 2 y/o son's favorite book EVER! We have to read it every night and take it on all our overnight trips. Needless to say, even he has the text memorized. Yes, the Tonka logo shamelessly displayed on every truck is a bit much, but I've found this book to include the widest variety of trucks. These are displayed nicely in their appropriate "scenes", and the information on each truck's capabilities is a great learning tool. My son is so thrilled when we come across these machines at work in our day-to day life, and he couldn't wait to go to the State Fair. It's been the best money I've spent on a book for him yet, even though I wish we could skip it and perhaps read Stellaluna instead just one night.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I gave this book to my son when he turned 2. Fortunately it was the last thing he opened because he did not want to do anything but look at those trucks! He is now 3 1/2 and it is still a favorite book. The pictures are big and bright and there are many kinds of trucks to delight the children. The accompaning text may be a little more than a 2 year old needs, but it is nice to be able to grow with the book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My pre-schooler loves the illustrations and scope of the machines. But even he noticed that the equipment and illustrations in the farm section are incorrect --- a round baler doesn't make square bales; square bales are tied in the other direction; a self-propelled chopper is not used to put hay into windrows, nor is it a rake; and the machine used to load the hay -- well, we've never seen one used on a farm. Other section of the book are great. Obviously, the author and editor have never helped at haying time. I have a suggestion --- we're always short a few hands in June, and would be happy to provide some hands-on background.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Annette Doyle on July 7, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My son has loved this book since he got it a year ago when he was 1.5 years old. I have found as time goes on he always finds new things to ask about - each page is packed with detail, but not so busy as to be a turnoff. This book has provoked alot of discussion about how houses are built, how roads are made, what happens on a farm etc. There is enough there to keep kids interested for a long time!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2000
Format: Hardcover
My in-laws gave this book to my 22-month-old son, who loves trucks, construction vehicles and machinery, and it became an instant favorite of his. They were a bit hesitant at first about buying the book because it's essentially a big commercial for Tonka products -- every truck and construction vehicle in the book (and there are many) has "TONKA" prominently written on it. That caveat aside, however, it _is_ a great book for kids who share my son's interests -- it shows the trucks in action and explains the name and uses of each. I also like the fact that it shows both women and men operating the trucks.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cindy M. Goral on July 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for a 2 hour airplane flight with my almost 3 year old son. He's very active, and this book kept him more quiet than usual on the flight and a 3 hour car trip. Lots of text on each page - I recommend reading only the first sentence of each paragraph on the descriptions at first. Definitely a book that continues to grow with the child (read more text the more often you read the book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 1998
Format: Hardcover
My three year old son just took this book out of the library, and he won't put it down. He's slept with it for the last three nights. If your son (or daughter) loves big trucks and machinery, he'll love this book.
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