Machines at Work

Series of 24 titles

How do machines help us work? What jobs are these large vehicles built for? Large pictures of cool vehicles and tightly controlled vocabulary make this series appropriate for the youngest of readers who just can't get enough of trucks, trains, planes, and other big machines.

Title   ATOS Format Qty
Cover: Ambulances Ambulances 1.0
Cover: Concrete Mixers Concrete Mixers 1.0
Cover: Diggers Diggers 1.0
Cover: Icebreakers Icebreakers 1.0
Cover: Snowplows Snowplows 0.9
Cover: Tugboats Tugboats 0.8
Cover: Fighter Jets Fighter Jets 0.9
Cover: Motorcycles Motorcycles 1.0
Cover: Police Cars Police Cars 0.9
Cover: Race Cars Race Cars 0.9
Cover: School Buses School Buses 0.9
Cover: Tanks Tanks 0.9
Cover: Big Rigs Big Rigs 0.9
Cover: Bulldozers Bulldozers 0.9
Cover: Garbage Trucks Garbage Trucks 0.9
Cover: Helicopters Helicopters 0.9
Cover: Ships Ships 0.9
Cover: Tow Trucks Tow Trucks 0.8
Cover: Trucks Trucks 0.9
Cover: Cranes Cranes 0.9
Cover: Fire Trucks Fire Trucks 1.0
Cover: Tractors Tractors 0.9
Cover: Trains Trains 0.8
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Kindergarten
Category Beginning Readers, STEM
Subject Machines, Science and Math, STEM
Copyright 2013
Publisher Jump!
Imprint Bullfrog Books
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Dewey 363.2-629.228
Graphics Full-color photographs
Dimensions 7.75 x 7.75
Lexile 240-400
Guided Reading Level F
ATOS Reading Level 0.8-1.0
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Glossary of key words, Index, and Table of contents

Reviews

Booklist (Miriam Aronin)

These new books in the Machines at Work series are perfect for young children interested in trucks, construction equipment, and slightly more exotic vehicles. They feature bright, colorful photos and child-friendly text. Even the books themselves are a perfect size for young children’s hands. Some of the books engagingly tell the stories of particular workers using the featured piece of machinery. Bo picks up concrete at a plant and transports it to a job site to make a floor in Concrete Mixers. In Diggers, Ed makes a giant hole for a tall building with his digger, and Amy digs a big hole for a swimming pool with her backhoe. Some of the other books read as purely informational texts. Icebreakers describes how the icebreaker breaks through the ice to reach a stranded ship and oil tanker. Tugboats details situations in which tugboats push or pull other ships: through a narrow canal, to a dock, back to sea. A feature at the end labels the main parts of the machine. A picture glossary includes photos that are sufficient to illustrate very simple concepts (“earmuffs,” for example) but not more complex ones (such as “engine”). Still, children will be charmed by the books’ main text and photos.

Library Media Connection (Carrie Randall)

These books incorporate brightly-colored page layouts, numerous photographs, separated text boxes, and photo labels to help engage and encourage young readers. Each book shows various ways the title machine works in a community. Each spread has very sparse text. Vocabulary is repetitive and approachable for beginning readers. Every book includes a “Parts of” the machine section which includes a photograph and colorful, descriptive labels. Also included in each title is a picture glossary and a “To Learn More” section that provides one website and a search term, helping early learners navigate the Internet quickly and safely. This series is recommended for primary nonfiction collections and for collections needing more basic titles.

Series Made Simple

Aimed at emerging readers, these simple introductions to vehicular uses and working parts each begin with useful suggestions for parents and teachers guiding students. Brief sentences (“The robber goes in the back seat. The doors have no handles. The robber can’t get out.”) and photographs will appeal to readers. Each book highlights the basics of the various vehicles, such as the siren, warning lights, radio, computer, and safety gear and first-aid kit in the big trunk of the police car. Most of the titles feature men and women. Some adults may not be comfortable discussing the war vehicles and their uses of guns, rockets, and missiles, but these books should have wide appeal to beginning readers.

Author: Various