The Construction Crew

The Construction Crew

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by Lynn Meltzer, Carrie Eko-Burgess
     
 

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The construction gang is tearing down an old building and laying the foundation for a new home. Workers use all kinds of trucks and tools to get the job done. And just in time for a family to move in.

The alliterative text completel with shout-out language that young children will love is just right for preschoolers.

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The construction gang is tearing down an old building and laying the foundation for a new home. Workers use all kinds of trucks and tools to get the job done. And just in time for a family to move in.

The alliterative text completel with shout-out language that young children will love is just right for preschoolers.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Truck and construction fans will find an energetic exploration of both in this square-format volume, Meltzer and Eko-Burgess’s children’s book debut. Working in synch, the text and pictures deliver a streamlined chronicle of the building of a house. Crisp, electric digital illustrations spotlight vehicles, construction equipment, and workers who resemble fleshed-out Lego characters—the entire project has a “toys come to life” feel. Akin to a high-energy cheerleading routine, the rhyming text offers variations on the same question (“Tons of dirt/ And lots of muck/ What do we need?/ DUMP TRUCK!/ Pour the foundation—/ That’ll fix ‘er/ What do we need?/ CEMENT MIXER!”), a narrative device that will have children shouting out the answers in no time. After the vehicles and workers have done their jobs and a moving truck delivers furniture, the story diverts from its construction angle as the house becomes a home, and the family welcomes visitors: “New friends/ Swapping favors/ What do we need?/ CHEERFUL NEIGHBORS!” Ample fun for truck lovers and those interested in learning about what it takes to build a house from the ground up. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)
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An upbeat choice for kids fascinated by construction workers and their equipment.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The colorful endpapers with a variety of trucks give a good idea of what readers will find in this book. The black and yellow title page resembles the tape used to isolate a police area or construction site. The story opens with a huge wrecking ball demolishing an old building. The area is transformed with the help of an excavator, bulldozer, backhoe and dump truck. Now the site is ready for new construction. After the foundation is laid, the construction crew is ready to start work. They too need a variety of tools and machines—power drill, cherry picker, hammer and nails, ladder and more. It is really good to see that hardhats and safety goggles are part of their equipment. Finally, the house is finished and a new family moves in. They receive a warm welcome from their neighbors. The illustrations, which are computer generated, are appealing and place emphasis on all the important aspect of the construction project. In addition, the illustrator has provided a little story of her own with a blue bird that initially watches the process and eventually gets a new home too. It is a clever parallel story and quite subtle. This is a sturdy book that should do well in preschools, kindergartens and as a personal purchase. Kudos to first time children's book author Lynn Meltzer and artist Carrie Eko-Burges. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
PreS—Somewhat reminiscent of Donald Crews's graphic-art style, this book follows the building of a house. Bold primary colors depict construction machines and a crew and its tools, one after another, page by page, as they go about razing an old building, excavating for a new foundation, and eventually constructing a new house. The last vehicle pictured is a moving truck. The rhyming text has a single couplet per page: "Dig now/Build later/What do we need?/EXCAVATOR." Although there are plenty of "big machine" books out there, this one has the added unifying theme of showing the steps in chronological order. Simple and colorful, it should be a hit at toddler and preschool storytimes—Judith Constantinides, formerly at East Baton Rouge Parish Main Library, LA
Kirkus Reviews
A rollicking, rhyming salute to a construction crew and the equipment they use to demolish an old building and construct a family home in its stead. Preschool teacher Meltzer knows what children want, and she delivers with a debut that allows them to participate in the reading fun. Using the rhymes and visual clues, listeners are sure to be shouting the answers aloud: "This old building's / Ready to fall / What do we need? / WRECKING BALL!" From excavator and bulldozer to backhoe, dump truck and cement mixer, the rhymes hold up until the very last page (depending on individuals' pronunciation of "poem"). Once the big equipment's finished, the crew breaks out the hammer and nails, a cherry picker, a power drill, extension ladders and, at last, the moving truck that signals the final product. Eko-Burgess' simple shapes and sparse details suit the intended preschool audience, while the vibrant colors and up-close views make this a good choice for read-alouds, despite the smallish trim size. And while the rather cookie-cutter oval-faced crew lacks personality, they are representative of several ethnicities, genders and ages. Bulldoze a spot on the shelf for this one. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805088847
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
11/08/2011
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
383,119
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD440L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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