One, two, here comes the crew! Three, four, here come more...
With three dump trucks, an itsy-bitsy skid steer, and a host of other equipment, there's a whole lot of building going on here! Amusing construction-themed nursery rhymes--each based on a Mother Goose favorite--feature diggers, graders, crushers, cranes, jackhammers, forklifts, and wrecking balls. With ...
One, two, here comes the crew!
Three, four, here come more...
With three dump trucks, an itsy-bitsy skid steer, and a host of other equipment, there's a whole lot of building going on here! Amusing construction-themed nursery rhymes--each based on a Mother Goose favorite--feature diggers, graders, crushers, cranes, jackhammers, forklifts, and wrecking balls. With bright, bold illustrations, this fun read-aloud should be a big hit with kids.
Mother Goose rhymes are given construction site context in an upbeat collection of poems joined by equally friendly images of industrious animals operating tools and equipment in scenes that have a chunky, three-dimensional quality. “Three Blind Mice” is restaged with a trio of dump trucks (“They wait in line to pick up their load/ of dirt or big rocks, then they head down the road”); a “rumbling bridge is falling down/ falling down/ falling down”; and a mouse and cat “Sing a song of garbage,/ a bucketful of trash./ Four and twenty loads of it—/ ready to be mashed!” Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will want to pick this one up. Ages 3–6. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—Ashburn has rewritten nursery rhymes to reflect the activity found on a busy construction site. "Rat-a-tat" is sung to the tune of "Pat-a-Cake." Other selections include "Do You Know the Bulldozer?" and "The Itsy-Bitsy Skid Steer." Ten animals, male and female and of all sizes, appear in the 22 rhymes. The selections will teach children the names and purposes of the equipment and vehicles. The rhymes, one per page, are often illustrated on spreads. This connection reinforces the theme of teamwork and friendship seen throughout the book. In the morning, the workers plan their day together. In the evening, they say goodbye under a starry sky. During their shifts, they wear proper safety equipment and take a break for lunch. This collection will appeal to children interested in heavy machines and construction, and they'll enjoy hearing new words and identifying familiar rhymes.—Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada
Boni Ashburn grew up working in her parents' equipment-rental store, learning about saws, hammers, drills, and scaffolding. This came in handy when developing the concept for Builder Goose. Boni lives in Houghton, MI, with her four children. You can visit her on the web at boniashburn.com.
Sergio di Giorgi graduated from La Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes Prilidiano Pueyrredon in Buenos Aires with a degree in fine arts. Initially, he worked as an industrial designer, scenographer, and an art director for an advertising/TV firm while simultaneously developing his own short stories. He lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with his wife and two daughters.