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Combines (Machines at Work; Farm Machines) Library Binding – August, 2000

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From School Library Journal

Grade 1-3-These titles leave a great deal to be desired. All follow the same format of large, color photos and a few sentences per page or spread. The texts are so simplified that there is no real content. The few glossary terms seem arbitrarily chosen and are listed with atrocious phonetic pronunciations. Many words that need to be defined are not. Also, one must question why the labeled photograph of each machine comes at the end of the book. The entire contents of Plows is based on the use of a very specialized variety. The more commonly used mold board plow is not even shown. Sharp-eyed viewers will also realize that the photo depicting the interior of the tractor cab, which is supposed to be pulling the plow, actually has a tandem disk in the background. These titles lack thorough research and careful editing.
Eldon Younce, Harper Elementary School, KS
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Reviewed with E. S. Budd's Street Cleaners.

Ages 3-5. Small children who are fascinated with big trucks will find the Machines at Work series right up their alley. One subset within the series looks at farm machinery such as tractors and milking machines, while another examines other machinery often seen on the highway or on city streets. Street Cleaners offers a look inside and outside these vehicles, showing what they do to keep streets clean, how they do it, and how they unload the dirt they pick up. Com bines explains the purposes and mechanisms of farm combines as they cut wheat, thresh it, blow away the chaff, and empty their bins. Clear, colorful photographs illustrate the texts quite effectively, and labeled photos show the outside of each truck and the inside of the cab. A brief glossary rounds out each straightforward presentation, which is short and simple enough for preschoolers. Other books in the series are listed in the Series Roundup in this issue. Carolyn Phelan
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