Transportation!: How People Get Around by Gail Gibbons; illustrated by Gail Gibbons. 2017. Holiday House. Mixed media.
Brief summary: This is a nonfiction transportation book with all the traffic heading to the right as the reader learns about various modes of transportation. All vehicles are labeled, and there is informational text on the bottom of the pages. The categories are cars and other vehicles, trains, aircraft, and boats. There is an “important signs, signals and navigational aids” page in the back.
Comments: This is another one of Gail Gibbons’ gems to add to any library’s collection. This was classified for the 388 section, but it could go in the 620 area as well where I have the other engineering books. I think it may be missed in the 300s. The boys are always going to the 629s for car books in my elementary library.
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The Mixed-Up Truck by Stephen Savage; illustrated by Stephen Savage. 2016. Digital techniques.
Brief summary: Cement mixer is excited about his first day on the job at the construction site with the other trucks . He finds himself in one hilarious mix-up after another. Students will enjoy this humor and try to predict what else the little truck will do.
Comments: This is a cute story for primary students. This whimsical book could be read with the transportation unit of study.
ABCs on Wheels by Ramon Olivera; illustrated by Roman Olivera. 2016. graphics
Brief summary: Transportation and the related are listed alphabetically with bold graphics giving a nostalgic style and feel. Upper case and lower case letters are on each page such as Aa, Bb, and Cc.
Comments: This would go well with ABC and transportation units. This is his second alphabet book with ABCs on Wings printed last year.
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown; illustrated by Lisa Brown. 2016. India ink and watercolors.
Brief summary: A family with two children go to a busy airport where they go through security, the waiting area, the jetway, and then inside the plane. After the flight, they pick up their bags where Monkey, the little girl’s doll, is found. The last pages are of them going on their vacation.
Comments: The delightfully detailed drawings throughout the book are interesting and give the reader a good idea of what to expect when going on vacation by plane. I appreciate that there is a diversity of people at the airport and the couple included in the story are biracial. I look for those type of books where everyone in my class can relate to someone that looks like them. I would use this with transportation units of study. This is a definite addition to my elementary school library. One of my favorites this year.