________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 4 . . . . October 19, 2001

cover Rough, Tough Wheels. (Mighty Wheels Series).

Debora Pearson. Illustrated by Chum McLeod.
Toronto, ON: Annick Press, 2000.
24 pp., pbk. & cl., $5.95 (pbk.), $17.95 (cl.).
ISBN 1-55037-636-5 (pbk.), ISBN 1-55037-637-3 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Trucks-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-Grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Julia Wolst.

**** /4

 

Imageexcerpt:

"A grader rumbles over earth and scrapes it with a blade. The smooth dirt road the grader makes will soon be paved. A paver swallows asphalt in its hopper at the front. Then the big machine crawls along and oozes out its heated load. Now the road is coated with a steamy, sticky top. Like a heavy rolling pin that flattens cookie dough, a roller presses on the asphalt while it's soft and warm."

Grr. Grrr. Rumble. Toot-toot. ROAR! Rough, Tough Wheels is sure to be a favourite with truck-enamored pre-schoolers. Simple descriptive text is paired with vibrant watercolour illustrations depicting all sorts of large noisy vehicles. Road building, log hauling, house moving, car-crushing, deep-digging - the trucks in this little book do it all. Each of the two-page spreads covers a single working vehicle. Clear text describes the actions of each machine in 12-15 words. This approach allows the book to be enjoyed both by the youngest of preschoolers as a read-to-me and by emergent readers as a read-alone. Chum McLeod's accompanying illustrations are bright and bold. Background detail is kept to a minimum with the primary focus being on the featured truck. Young truck fanatics will appreciate the level of detail painted into each vehicle. All the necessary levers, pistons and hoists have been included in a simplified form suited to the child audience. Ideas for parent/child sharing are included at the front of the book. Highly recommended for home, classroom and library use, Rough, Tough Wheels is destined to be a well-loved, dog-eared favourite.

Highly Recommended.

Julia Wolst, an elementary educator and mother of three pre-school age children, lives and teaches in Orillia, ON.

To comment on this title or this review, send mail to cm@umanitoba.ca.

Copyright the Manitoba Library Association. Reproduction for personal use is permitted only if this copyright notice is maintained. Any other reproduction is prohibited without permission.

Published by
The Manitoba Library Association
ISSN 1201-9364

NEXT REVIEW | TABLE OF CONTENTS FOR THIS ISSUE - October 19, 2001.

AUTHORS | TITLES | MEDIA REVIEWS | PROFILES | BACK ISSUES | SEARCH | CMARCHIVE | HOME