Easy Street

Easy Street

by Rita Gray, Mary Bono
     
 
Make a street, make a street, workers in a row.

Make me a street for things that go.

From the rocks to the sand to the sticky asphalt, lively read-aloud verse chronicles the step-by-step process by which a new street is created, with a warm, lyrical approach that�s perfect for preschoolers. Detailed, threedimensional art uses actual road-building

Overview

Make a street, make a street, workers in a row.

Make me a street for things that go.

From the rocks to the sand to the sticky asphalt, lively read-aloud verse chronicles the step-by-step process by which a new street is created, with a warm, lyrical approach that�s perfect for preschoolers. Detailed, threedimensional art uses actual road-building materials such as sand and gravel to give the whole book an incredible, tactile quality, and an adorable road crew is on the job to pave the way for construction fun. An author�s note includes additional details about road building and asphalt paving.

Author Biography: Rita Gray is the author of The Wild Little Horse, illustrated by Ashley Wolff. She lives in New York City.

Mary Bono lives in New Jersey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Three-dimensional collaged pictures show the process of building a road. Each page has a rhyming couplet that helps explain the process. It begins, "Make a street, make a street, workers in a row./ Make me a street for things that go." "Smooth out the dirt with a big metal blade. Pack it down, before it's paved." Machines, tools, and workers will delight young nonfiction and road lovers. 2006, Dutton, Ages 3 to 5.
—Susie Wilde
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In rhyming text that runs along the bottom of the pages, this energetic read-aloud describes the step-by-step process of building an asphalt street. Three-dimensional, colorful clay characters bring magic to each scene. From the construction crew to the realistic heavy equipment, from the rocky start to the placement of the street sign, the art shows each element of the job. Back matter includes further information about asphalt. Readers will enjoy picking up on the minute details of each spread again and again.-Cassandra A. Lopez, Northfield Elementary School, Ellicott City, MD Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
For those who ever thought making a road was a simple process, Gray will show you to think again; easy street is all but easy to fashion. Bono's road crew-three-dimensional, clay-like characters, all button-nosed and busyness-demonstrate the steps necessary to lay an asphalt roadway. Road-building is an act of many parts, but as Gray tells it in his minimal rhyme, it is also a straightforward affair: one layer goes upon another, dirt then gravel then "Asphalt, asphalt, cooked with heat. / Pouring out a slice of street. / Sticky street, soft to spread. / Squeeze it out like jam on bread." Always, there is the road maker's refrain: "Roll it, roll it, wheels so fat. / Roll it down to make it flat." Complementing the read-aloud bounce of the text is an afterword that explains the importance of compaction, the composition of aggregate and the origin of the word "asphalt." And who won't be intrigued by the fact that mixed in with all the tar is a good measure of dinosaur bones? (Picture book. 2-5)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525476573
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
06/01/2006
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 9.38(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
1 - 4 Years

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