Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The Random Shelf: Nonfiction

Transportation is a major fascination with many children, especially boys. Trains, trucks, motorcycles, airplanes…anything that moves is a source of curiosity and awe. It’s not always easy to find suitable books for these young patrons (usually 2-4). While there are plenty of stories involving cars, trains, etc, books with photographs are real winners. Since many of these books have lengthy text, it’s always a treat to find one written for very small children and/or beginning readers. If you know a car-obsessed toddler or beginning reader, Hal Rogers’s Cars may just be the thing for you.

We see photographs of cars on the highway, race cars, police cars, taxis….you name it, it’s here. We also learn why cars have trunks, the difference between headlights and taillights, and the parts of the inside and outside of a car. With a maximum of 3-4 sentences per page, this is a great introduction to the many cool books the library has about cars.

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