Special Delivery: A Book's Journey Around the World (Hardcover)
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This unique story follows the process of making a book from printing to shipping to selling . . . to reading!
This beautifully illustrated picture book shows the journey of one book from printer to reader. Bright, contemporary artwork details the people, the vehicles, and the distance traveled as one book makes it into the hands of a young boy, allowing readers to understand how the very book they hold in their hands made its way all around the world.
About the Author
Polly Faber is the author of All Through the Night, illustrated by Harriet Hobday; Building a Home, illustrated by Klas Fahlén; Through the North Pole Snow, illustrated by Richard Jones; Pony on the Twelfth Floor, illustrated by Sarah Jennings; and Mango & Bambang: The Not-a-Pig, illustrated by Clara Vulliamy. She is also a children’s book blogger and volunteer reading helper. She lives with her husband, sons, and cats in London, where she has her own tiny free library right outside her house.
Klas Fahlén is the illustrator of Building a Home, written by Polly Faber. He is inspired by Picasso and the contemporary Swedish illustrator Stina Wirsén. He is known for his simple, elegant lines and colorful illustrations. He lives in Stockholm, Sweden.
Using simplified explanations, readers trace a book called Special Delivery as it travels from an overseas factory. . . . Many of the diverse workers throughout are named and individualized, personalizing these often opaque systems and subtly teaching children about everything from jobs to international trade networks. Bright, blocky illustrations depict a wide variety of heavy machinery, sure to enthrall children who can’t get enough of trains, boats, and cranes. Will elegantly satisfy the curiosity of children always asking how things work.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
An excellent tool to use with young children when tackling a unit on transportation. Faber approaches this story in a universal manner, by providing a big picture view of the many pieces of the global supply chain—from factory to consumer—and making it intergenerational to boot. . . . With its focus on all the big ships, trucks, trains, and cranes, kids will undoubtedly lap this one up.
—School Library Connection
Dynamic; anyone interested in transportation in all its modes will be fascinated by the path of one book as it travels the globe. A compelling glimpse into the ways of modern industry, and very engaging.
—School Library Journal