________________ CM . . . . Volume XXIV Number . . . . November 10, 2017


Machines. (Winter in Canada).

Nicole Mortillaro.
Toronto, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2017.
32 pp., pbk., $7.99.
ISBN 978-1-4431-5765-0.

Subject Headings:
Snow removal-Equipment and supplies-Juvenile literature.
Ice prevention and control-Equipment and supplies-Juvenile literature.
Snow making-Equipment and supplies-Juvenile literature.
Snowmobiles-Juvenile literature.
Zambonis (Trademark)-Juvenile literature.

Kindergarten-grade 3 / Ages 5-8.

Review by Janice Foster.

***1/2 /4



Then along came Frank Zamboni. He operated an ice-skating rink in southern California and knew a lot about ice and refrigeration. In 1949, he invented a machine to fix the ice-surfacing problem. It shaves the ice, then sprays water that freezes into a smooth surface. (From “Ice Resurfacer”.)


Cold temperatures mixed with large quantities of snow and ice make transporting people and goods throughout a Canadian winter a challenge. Machines provides young readers with a fascinating assortment of extreme machines that tackle this challenge. Train plows, snowplows, ice breakers, snow melters, ski planes and all-terrain vehicles are some of the unique inventions that keep Canadians moving throughout winter in Canada,

     Mortillaro presents 13 categories of cool, tough machines, each with an engaging two-page format. The half page of large text explains the problem that a specific machine confronts and how the machine works. The other page and a half provides colourful photos with captions, fun facts and labeled diagrams. The combination of short text and large colour photos will appeal to the intended audience. The text’s reading level will require guided support for the younger readers, but the interest level and content will readily engage even a reluctant reader. A glossary at the end of the book explains the bold font words in the text section.

     Machines introduces readers of all ages to the amazing inventions that help overcome the problems associated with the movement of goods and people throughout a Canadian winter. The appealing format and interesting content will draw a child back to this book several times for a closer look at these amazing machines.

Highly Recommended.

Janice Foster is a retired teacher and teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB,

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