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At a Construction Site

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From transcontinental highways to a local construction site, the Wheels at Work series provides a close-up look at the world of hardworking trucks and machines. Emergent readers will appreciate the simple narrative sentences and the vibrant, detailed artwork.
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Overview

From transcontinental highways to a local construction site, the Wheels at Work series provides a close-up look at the world of hardworking trucks and machines. Emergent readers will appreciate the simple narrative sentences and the vibrant, detailed artwork.
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Editorial Reviews

Globe and Mail
Paintings with depth and big-wheeled vehicles with heft
From the Publisher
The ultimate ride for the young expert of all things wheeled.

An excellent choice as a beginning non-fiction resource or to simply satisfy preschoolers’ fascination with these monster vehicles, the Wheels at Work series is definitely on the right track.

Paintings with depth and big-wheeled vehicles with heft

Publishers Weekly
Part of the new Wheels at Work series, the paper-over-board book At a Construction Site by Don Kilby introduces young readers to the machines needed to demolish an old building and erect a new one. Thickly applied acrylic paint and concise text lay out everything from the crane with its wrecking ball to the forklift delivering new materials to the lunch truck carrying sustenance for hungry workers. On the Road, also by Kilby, follows the same format. Each title is also available in an edition that includes a foldout play area and four truck magnets. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Despite the author's enthusiastic invitation to "Put on your hard hat" (Construction Site) or to "Climb aboard" (On the Road), these disappointing titles will not readily engage readers. The vocabulary is too sophisticated for the preschool audience that's usually interested in these topics, and terms like "rubble" and "debris" are not defined. The acrylic paintings depict the machines described but in a static manner; these vehicles never seem to be actively working like those in Seymour Simon's Book of Trucks (HarperCollins, 2000). With no distinct features, the humans are purely background; even when they are portrayed in active roles (such as assembling a carnival ride) they seem flat and stiff. The first title begins with the demolition of a building and ends with the completion of a community center, but not every step of the construction process is clearly described. For example, the text does not explain how the steel beams got to the site, or when the backhoe dug the ditches needed for the cables. In Road, the illustration of a tractor trailer's cab points out the CB radio, mirror, and steering wheel but neglects to identify the myriad circles on the dashboard. This book also moves abruptly from introducing various transportation trucks to how roads are maintained. Two mediocre offerings.-Edith Ching, St. Albans School, Mt. St. Alban, Washington, DC Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Quill & Quire
An excellent choice as a beginning non-fiction resource or to simply satisfy preschoolers’ fascination with these monster vehicles, the Wheels at Work series is definitely on the right track.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553379874
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Series: Wheels at Work Series
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 739,181
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Kilby is an award-winning illustrator and author of many children's book including: The Wheels at Work Series, Hold on McGinty, Forts of Canada, Christmas in Lunenburg, Twilight Fairies and many more. He lives and works in a general store over a century and a half old, located in the picturesque village of Eden Mills.

Don Kilby is an award-winning illustrator and author of many children's book including: The Wheels at Work Series, Hold on McGinty, Forts of Canada, Christmas in Lunenburg, Twilight Fairies and many more. He lives and works in a general store over a century and a half old, located in the picturesque village of Eden Mills.

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