Thursday, May 14, 2009

Size Matters: Heavy Equipment Up Close by Andra Serlin Abramson

Among Sterling Publishing's giant-sized entries in their eye-popping Up Close series is their Heavy Equipment UP CLOSE (Up Close (Sterling Hardcover)), which will thrill fans of BIG machines everywhere.

How BIG are they? There are the space shuttle's eleven-million-pound Crawler, which moves the shuttles along at the dazzling speed of two miles per hour, and its Vehicle Assembly Building where the spacecraft are stored, so big that clouds actually form inside beneath the roof!

Or how about giant oil rigs, 1000 feet tall, which house 300 workers as they chew their way five miles down below the ocean bottom? A 15-ton tree harvester that can cut, strip limbs, and debark a large tree in less than 30 seconds? What about the business end of the "boring machines" which dug the English Channel tunnel (nicknamed the "Chunnel")?

These and many other mechanical marvels--pavers, crawler cranes, farm combines, and super dozers--are all here, in full color and detail. One, the "marvelous mining machine," is pictured in a double gatefold which opens to a panoramic photo of four pages totalling almost 42 inches wide. Even the dust jacket can be flipped to reveal a BIG wall-sized poster.

Sterling's oversized books are themselves a wonder of engineering, with gatefolds and actual size up-close photos of sculptural beauty. Kids who can't get enough of the wonders of vehicles will find this combination of remarkable illustrations and informative text captivating. Eye-catching text boxes are filled with fascinating facts--e.g., "A baling press can take a bulky metal object, such as a car, and compress it from all sides until it resembles a giant metal block." (Top that, Wall-E!)

ALA's Booklist gave this book one of its coveted "starred reviews," rare for children's nonfiction, and called it a "terrific mix of fun technical vocabulary and trivia ripe for sharing."

New entries in this supersized series include Submarines UP CLOSE (Up Close (Sterling Hardcover)), Fire Engines UP CLOSE (Up Close (Sterling Hardcover)), and Fighter Planes UP CLOSE (Up Close (Sterling Hardcover)).

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  • It is great that people are thinking about the environment and working to make the world a safer place. Not only the materials that you are using on your home are safe for the environment but dump trucks have come a long way since the earlier models. We are learning and expanding and coming up with a wide range of safer more effective vehicles for the work force. I think it is great that many auto manufacturers are turning to hybrid vehicles to protect the environment and now they are even using hybrid dump trucks.

    By Anonymous dump trucks, at 1:16 AM  

  • Cool! Looks like an opportunity for Chrysler and GM! How about hybrid locomotives and 18-wheelers? Those big diesel engines should crank out a lot of usable electricity--especially if we can come up with better batteries with which to store it up!

    Thanks, Dump Truck.

    By Blogger GTC, at 7:29 AM  

  • Heavy Equipment is very important for building construction instead of hiring to an expensive contractors. It is easy even if you are limited knowledge of construction. Now on life would be easy.

    By Anonymous bucket trucks, at 9:48 PM  

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    By Anonymous Boom Truck, at 10:12 AM  

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    By Anonymous grapple truck, at 11:37 AM  

  • wow this heavy equipment do has some guts to move earth. I am very fond of playing with construction equipment or heavy equipments

    By Anonymous Nina, at 1:13 AM  

  • all heavy equipment are bigger and larger so i guess size of the heavy machines are somewhat equal to each other

    By Anonymous Nina, at 1:15 AM  

  • Great Post Thanks :)

    By Anonymous digger derricks, at 10:01 AM  

  • Great! Its great invention i hope it comes within diesel generator type

    By Anonymous Xoxi, at 1:26 AM  

  • I think with matter of size the price of whole equipment also increases! it is good for Diesel Generators

    By Blogger Diesel, at 5:07 AM  

  • nice work,but size doesn't matter.

    By Anonymous condo_consult, at 9:03 AM  

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