B Is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC

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Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There's a big yellow Bulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck--and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?

As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

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Get ready for a ride through the alphabet at a busy construction site. There's a big yellow Bulldozer, a tall shiny Crane, a rusty red Dump truck--and the construction crew is hard at work. But what are they building?

As children watch over the course of a year, builders construct a rollercoaster using tools and materials that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Construction worker wannabes won't be able to pull themselves away!"—Instructor

"A great choice for individual and group sharing."—School Library Journal

From the Publisher

"Construction worker wannabes won't be able to pull themselves away!"--Instructor

"A great choice for individual and group sharing."--School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Perhaps the only thing better than watching a construction site is knowing that it will result in a new amusement park. With that premise, first-time author Sobel joins veteran Iwai (Night Shift Daddy) in a trip through the alphabet: "Do you see the Asphalt for paving the road?/ or the big shiny Bulldozer pushing a load?" Iwai's emphasis on the interplay of shapes and colors make her pictures especially appealing for youngest eyes, but even connoisseurs will revel in the Matchbox-like appearance of the equipment and the wide variety of angles and perspectives used throughout the book. One particularly striking picture puts a hoisted I-beam smack in the foreground. Following Sobel's lead, Iwai prefers to zero in on the construction action rather than provide an overall feel for how the park is progressing from spread to spread. However, readers can gauge the passage of time by the seasonal changes in the land outside the chain-link safety fence, and by the corresponding wardrobe changes of the observers. By "S," youngsters "see the Scaffolds come down," and in the final pages, the civilians finally get to reap the benefits: "Z" stands for the "Z-O-O-M!!!!!!!" of the new park's roller coaster. Ages 2-5. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
This story of a one-year construction project takes the pre-reader or early reader through the ABCs of building something special—an amusement park. Starting with Asphalt and ending with the Zoom of the roller-coaster, each step of the process is carefully demonstrated in detail that should appeal to little truck lovers as well as any child who would get excited about seeing an amusement park unfold before his or her eyes. Everything from the expected bulldozers and dump trucks to more intricate construction materials, such as the I beam or Scaffold, are presented in simple rhymed couplets. (The couplets have an extra beat here and there, plus are difficult to read when the lines don't end where they should on the page.) The illustrations, done in acrylic on board, pack each two-page spread with a wealth of the year-round activity. The changing seasons are captured in the tree-filled landscape just outside the wire fence encircling the construction site. The workers, observers including two boys, and the final visitors to the park on opening day are simply featured, ending with a final close-up of delight as the kids zoom down the elephant roller coaster. The book is colorful, exciting, and educational. 2003, Gulliver Books/Harcourt,
School Library Journal
PreS-K-Two youngsters stand outside a fence watching a construction crew perform its many tasks, sometimes stopping for lunch or coffee. They are joined by neighbors and passersby, fathers and children, mothers with strollers, and kids with dogs. Each page has about 10 words of text with one brightly colored letter of the alphabet in uppercase font. Many aspects of the construction work are covered, from "Asphalt" to "Tools," and then readers can enjoy the completed amusement park from "Scaffolds" coming down to the "Z-O-O-M" of the roller coaster. As the work progresses, the change of seasons is reflected in the countryside and in the clothing worn. The full-bleed, naive artwork in bright acrylics depicts the vast scene from many angles, showing a close-up view of a squirrel in a tree or a distant patchwork quilt of a farm, but the construction activities always hold center stage. This is a well-thought-out story that allows children to follow the progression of events. There is a wonderful sense of community as the workers cooperate to get the job done and the neighborhood folks avidly watch at first and then enjoy the finished product. A great choice for individual and group sharing.-Marlene Gawron, formerly at Orange County Library, Orlando, FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Delivered in verse, this is a heavy-machinery-lover’s ABC. The consecutive letters of the alphabet are written into the rhyming text and brightly highlighted in large case. "Do you see the Asphalt for paving the road, or the big shiny Bulldozer pushing a load?" So begins the work on the construction project. Throughout the seasons of a year, children with friends, family, and pets watch the workers as they proceed through the complex process of building. Newcomer Sobel has missed none of the details a young aficionado would revel in, from huge loaders to nails to pipes. The construction workers are multi-ethnic as well as male and female. Finally, opening day arrives and those who have waited patiently behind the safety fences can at last enjoy the fun final product, an amusement park. Iwai’s two-page spreads reveal her talent for painting people as well as details of vehicles and with creamy oils she also subtly depicts the changing seasons. From Asphalt to Zoom, this first-rate read-aloud will delight its audience. (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152057749
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 150,566
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

JUNE SOBEL is the talented author of Shiver Me Letters, illustrated by Henry Cole. She lives in Westlake Village, California.

MELISSA IWAI has illustrated several other picture books, including Chanukah Lights Everywhere, Night Shift Daddy, and Gramps and the Fire Dragon. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Good for young children who like construction

    I purchased this book for my son who loves diggers and construction vehicles. Overall the book is a quick read and does focus really well on each letter of the alphabet. The title can be a bit misleading though as the book is actually about building an amusement park and not specifically about bulldozers. It is still a nice book though and I would recommend it for younger children.

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