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Gretchen Asks, “How Do Cars Work?”

Author: Angel Neuschwander
Illustrator: Becky Johnston
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Genre: Children
ISBN: 978-1-4389-2886-9
Pages: 24
Price: $12.99

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Have you ever wondered how your car operated? Seven year-old Gretchen isn’t shy, so she asks her mother – an engineer. What follows is mom’s explanation of the internal workings of an automobile.

Using simple illustrations, she shows Gretchen how a car operates similarly to her bike. But unlike the bike, which uses pedals to move it forward, the car has an engine. She then explains how pistons move, acting like bike pedals.

More of an educational tool than a story, this unique book explains cars in an age-appropriate manner. Since I know very little about the inner workings of an engine, I found myself reading as a child might, and found the information easy to comprehend. The illustrations and diagrams provide additional understanding.

I was also pleased to see a little girl asking her mom, rather than the more traditional boy and father. Gretchen Asks, “How Do Cars Work?” would be a terrific resource both in the classroom and the library.

Reviewer: Alice Berger

June 23, 2009 - Posted by | children

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