written by Amanda Doering Tourville;
illustrated by Zachary Trover
(Abdo Publishing) 2009
Source: Orange County Public Library
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Kids like dump trucks. They're fascinated with the size and volume that come with a dump truck. Ride around in a car with a 3-6 year old and see if they don't point out a dump truck immediately when they see one on the highway. I have two daughters and they would gawk and holler at this age when a dump truck appeared. Dump Trucks gives early readers the 411 on all kinds of dump trucks. My favorite was the bottom dump truck where the load just drops from the belly. I've never seen one of these and wonder where it would be used. That's one of the cool things about this book. With good nonfiction, you get lots of questions from students when they read and view the illustrations. If you are teaching nonfiction text features, there are several within Dump Trucks for students to see. This book is part of the Mighty Machines series of books from Abdo Publishing and would be a good purchase to encourage young students to read more nonfiction.