Describes the duties, responsibilities, route, and cargo of a long-distance truck driver as he hauls lumber, steel, or produce from Canada to Florida in his tractor-trailer.
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Grade 1-5-- Several weeks in the life of a Tennessee truck driver are chronicled in this black-and-white photo essay depicting a man and his rig on the road. Trucking terms are defined in context. A middle section of Phil with his wife and daughters, including an erroneously labeled kickball game when the kids are clearly playing softball, slows the motion of the story. The candid photos vary in quality, giving the pictures the immediacy of a family album; some are murky indoor or nighttime shots; others are unclear (if readers hadn't seen a CB, the picture of Phil talking to his fingers would not help clarify the concept); but many help readers see the variety of tasks a trucker works through such as securing a load, reforming his truck bed to accommodate a load of watermelons, or polishing his rig. The book ends blandly with several pages devoted to Phil's visit with his rig to his youngest daughter's first-grade classroom. Horenstein's Sam Goes Trucking (Houghton, 1989), with its posed photos, looks less real and is for a younger audience. Children who want to be truckers can meet a nice guy while experiencing the whole job here--the dirt, the waiting, the repairs, the fatigue, and the exhilaration of driving. It's too bad that the pictures don't have better focus and contrast. --Susan Hepler, Alexandria City Public Schools, VA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Book Description MacMillan Publishing, New York, NY, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition. Blue cloth spine with gray board, bottom edge faded else a beautiful copy. Over 40 wonderful black and white photographs by the author illustrating this interesting, for any age, journalistic journey with a Big Rig Trucker as he works, socializes, faces difficulties, road delays, mechanical trouble before he is reunited with his family. A fascinating journey into his life. Unpaginated, Bookseller Inventory # 002278
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0027935817
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0027935817