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Series: Futuristic Electric Vehicles Review by Kelly BurgessKerrily Sapet
Mitchell Lane Publishers
2001 SW 31st Avenue
Hallandale, FL 33009
This complete series of six hardcover books by Kerrily Sapet is available for $129.00. They are also available in e-book format for $234.00. Single hardcover titles in the series are $21 each. The six titles include Futuristic Electric Trucks, Futuristic Electric Cars, Futuristic Electric Airplanes, Futuristic Electric Buses, Futuristic Electric Drones, and Futuristic Electric Trains. These books are recommended for third and fourth graders, but I feel they are appropriate for anyone interested in the topic of electric vehicle development.
Each title in this series begins with some history of the vehicle type as it was originally invented. Then it discusses the progression of the vehicle’s development over time and the ways it has changed. Next, it shares some developments that are already in the works for electric versions that will be coming soon (including when those are expected to come on the market). Then it ends with a discussion of what the future goals for electric vehicles might be and how they may develop in the future, even if we are not there yet.
I read these books with my eleven-year-old son who has ADHD. He has a challenging time staying focused on long stories, but that was not the case with these books. He even did some reading on his own and was excited to tell me about things he had read even days later! I found myself just as interested in these non-fiction books as he was. They were packed with large, full-color photographs and illustrations throughout and large text that was easy to read and follow. Each book ended with a “Fun Facts” section, a summary of the key points from the book in the “What You Should Know” section, a glossary of terms, and even a list of recommended resources for further reading and internet research on the topic. That was a fantastic way to extend the learning when we found something we were particularly interested in.
The information was very timely, as these books were just published in July 2019. The text even mentioned new developments that would be released this year, so we found it fascinating to look up the additional resources to see if the concepts have indeed been put into practice as scheduled.
If your children are interested in electric vehicle development, then I highly recommend this intriguing series. We really loved that nearly everything we read about was also shown in a photograph or illustration, so we did not have to use our imagination to visualize it. These books are packed with information, both old and new. They do not just describe the new electric vehicles, but also what steps have been completed and what will still need to be done to make them a reality. You are sure to learn lots of new things that will have you looking to the future of the industry!
-Product review by Kelly Burgess, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, August 2019