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The Big Book of Things That Go (DK Adventures) Hardcover – July 5, 2016
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PreSchool-Grade 2?Just about every kind of vehicle imaginable?anything that travels on land, in or under the water, or through the air?appears in this oversized import. Approximately 125 bright, full-color photos are used to illustrate the various types of vehicles. Each chapter is a two-page spread that displays 8-to-10 different examples from on the road, in the city, emergency, etc. Their arrangement on the page is somewhat random, with the photos placed in boxes of various shapes and sizes. Each item is labeled in large clear type with a sentence or two of description underneath. Sharp-eyed youngsters will catch some of the definitely European vocabulary and photos. This is a good purchase for beginning readers, but also for preschoolers who are crazy about all sorts of machines.?Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
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Every open pair of pages is themed: "On the Water," "In the Air," "In the City," and the like, with photographed groups of colorful vehicles for each setting scattered appealingly around the entire space. Across the bottom runs a tiny stylized frieze of vehicles in context (driving on roads, sailing on water) in much more muted colors. Our son likes to hunt for pictures in the frieze that match the ones up above.
There is text in this book that would likely be good "interesting facts" reading for an older child, but the real star of the show is the collection of bright, sharp, detailed photos that (as another reviewer has pointed out) distinguish DK publications. Even very small children can enjoy identifying a blue van, a red car, a taxi, a bus--and they can then have increasingly detailed conversations about the images as they get older. (We have been looking recently at ways that a fire chief's car is different from a police car, for example.)
We also have the DK "See How I Go" books, the thin, affordable little paperbacks designed around a theme like "Cars" or "Trains." They barely get any attention with this one in the house--this individual book provides literally hours of entertainment for a transit-obsessed child. I only wish there were a smaller or board-book edition so that it would be more portable. You won't be dropping this one in your bag to go anywhere. It's large enough to serve breakfast on--but for small children, that's probably part of its charm.
It helps that each 2-page spread has a theme "Emergency Vehicles", "Construction", "Farming", etc. This encourages discussions of vehicles in context and helps little ones eek out what does what. I would wait to introduce to toddlers under 15 months b/c the pages are paper and easily torn by eager little readers.
This book is one of his all-time favorite and we actually have banned it from being a bedtime book because it causes way too much excitement to be sleep inducing.
You can't go wrong having this book in your toddler's library.