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. Volume XVII Number 13. . . .November 26, 2010
Ultimate Trains is a history of the development of trains from the steam engine to today’s maglevs which run with electromagnets. While the intended audience is for children, adults will find the scientific explanations quite intriguing. As each innovative improvement to trains is historically explained, an experimental project for the reader is featured that demonstrates the science behind the invention. Recycled and some purchased materials are used in the project, and the instructions include step-by-step procedures that are easy to follow for middle years students. Some examples are: Steam Engine in a Salad Bowl, Turning up the Juice, and Make a Maglev Test Track. All experiments have safety warnings and colourful drawings and diagrams.
Another interesting feature with each innovation is the “Expert Interview” with pictures and quotes from people like railway conductors and the president of Maglev Transport, Inc. The index, contents and glossary are all helpful tools to understanding the contents of this book. Illustrations include photos, diagrams and even a timeline on a train track. The amount of text on each page is not overwhelming, making Ultimate Trains a friendlier read for reluctant readers. However the vocabulary is rated high, making the use of the glossary and possibly a dictionary essential. Ultimate Trains is recommended to anyone with a keen interest in trains. All Aboard!
Sherry Faller is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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