Albert the Fix-it Man

Albert the Fix-it Man

by Janet Lord, Julie Paschkis
     
 

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Albert is always on the lookout for things to fix. If a hinge is rusty, he oils it. If a roof is leaky, he repairs it. When Mr. Jensen's old green pickup needs a new motor, Albert hoists up the truck and drops it in. All his neighbors count on Albert to help them. He is never too busy or too tried to help.

But one day Albert is too sick to get out of bed. He… See more details below

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Overview

Albert is always on the lookout for things to fix. If a hinge is rusty, he oils it. If a roof is leaky, he repairs it. When Mr. Jensen's old green pickup needs a new motor, Albert hoists up the truck and drops it in. All his neighbors count on Albert to help them. He is never too busy or too tried to help.

But one day Albert is too sick to get out of bed. He's dizzy and his bones ache. When his neighbors find out, they all lend a hand to help Albert. Thanks to his friends, he is quickly on the mend.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Aimee Isaac
Albert is an older man who loves to fix things. From rusty hinges to broken-down trucks, he can fix it all. The neighbors in this diverse community depend on him when things break down and Albert always has time to help. He fixes clotheslines and repairs tea cups and even fixes things that his neighbors did not know needed fixing. Albert enjoys fixing things so much that he even dreams about it. But one day, Albert wakes up feeling sick and is unable to fix anything. Word spreads around his neighborhood and Albert’s neighbors now have a chance to fix something for him. Lord uses simple text to create a lovely story about community and the beauty of helping others. Paschkis uses watercolor with warm tones on 100% rag archival watercolor paper. Each character is illustrated with pleasant smiles that truly capture the happiness Albert spreads through the neighborhood. Albert is a grown man but will still capture the attention of young readers who enjoy helping others. This book is appropriate for a read aloud or use as an early reader. Reviewer: Aimee Isaac; Ages 4 to 6.
Publishers Weekly

Folkloric illustrations perk up this sister team's (Here Comes Grandma) otherwise modest tale about the value of community. Decked out in plaid shirt and overalls and sporting a snowy white beard that Santa might envy, Albert fixes Mr. Jensen's truck, fastens Akiko's clothesline and repairs Mrs. Peabody's leaky faucet; no job is too small. When Albert catches cold and takes to his bed, Mr. Jenkins drives the neighbors to Albert's house, where he is served beans from the garden he fenced, mint tea in the cup he mended and an apple pie covered with a cloth from the clothesline. Visual details enhance the story: the characters are of various ages and races; many different kinds of tools are put to use. Animals, including Albert's spotted gray cat, romp freely throughout. Paschkis favors flat shapes filled with decoration, using geometric patterns to adorn curtains, tablecloths and dresses, for example, and presenting plants and foliage as stylized ornaments. Readers will appreciate the warm portrayal of neighbors taking care of one another. Ages 4-8. (Mar.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1- Life would be sweeter if everyone had a neighbor like Albert. He strolls through the community with his trusty toolbox in hand, alert to all sorts of repair opportunities, from rusty hinges, loose shingles, and fussy motors to leaky faucets and broken crockery. His generosity and skill are much appreciated, so when poor Albert is laid up with a cold, his neighbors waste no time making use of all of the items he's fixed to return the favor. This is a simple story that celebrates the virtue of good neighbors and shared kindnesses, made all the more charming by the folk-inspired illustrations that use cheery colors and bold patterns to convey a sense of warmth and community. Albert himself is a picture of amiability with his fluffy white beard, jaunty red baseball cap, and overalls-just the sort of avuncular man who earns the trust and admiration of those around him. An added delight is the wonderful white-on-black endpapers featuring just about every kind of tool and gadget that might be found in Albert's toolbox. A welcome dose of old-fashioned neighborliness.-Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
Neighbors band together to help the local helper. Albert is known as the Fix-it Man and, with his flannel shirt and crisp overalls, he certainly looks the part. A smile peeks out of his snowy white beard as he patches Auntie Miller's fence and fixes Mr. Jensen's motor and re-hangs Akiko's frayed clothesline. At night, he dreams about broken bicycles and loose floorboards. When Albert wakes up with a terrible cold, the sad news spreads quickly through the town. In no time at all, the people whom Albert has helped pile into the back of Mr. Jensen's truck and visit the Fix-it Man. They bring nourishment and TLC to his bedside; later Albert drifts off into a recuperative sleep, dreaming of tomorrow's projects. This is a warmly affecting story of (multicultural) community, greatly enhanced by Paschkis's stylish watercolor illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781561454334
Publisher:
Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
Publication date:
03/28/2008
Pages:
28
Product dimensions:
10.12(w) x 8.46(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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