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Good Morning, Digger

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When Digger, a backhoe construction machine, is dropped off in a vacant lot, a little boy could not be more excited. He watches as Digger and the construction workers work hard and slowly transform the empty lot into a wonderful new community center. Now the boy and his friends can make music, dance, and plant flowers. And what better way to thank Digger than by painting a picture of him on the wall of the new community center!

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Overview

When Digger, a backhoe construction machine, is dropped off in a vacant lot, a little boy could not be more excited. He watches as Digger and the construction workers work hard and slowly transform the empty lot into a wonderful new community center. Now the boy and his friends can make music, dance, and plant flowers. And what better way to thank Digger than by painting a picture of him on the wall of the new community center!

Digger, Dump Truck, Cement Mixer, and their friends each do their part to build a community center.

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Publishers Weekly
In this tale tailor-made for fans of construction, a boy lands a front row seat as, outside his window, the vacant lot next door is transformed into a new community center. First to show up on the site is Digger, the Numero Uno of heavy equipment-"big and strong and yellow!" In Greenberg's spread, the backhoe bursts from the edges of the pages, as Rockwell's text records its sound: "Grrr-clank! Grrr-clank! Grrr-clank-clank!" A parade of trucks follow, all helping to turn Digger's hole into a real building (Cement Mixer, Tall Crane, etc.). And Silver Truck serves the important role of making sure Digger's hard-hatted helpers have a "good lunch to eat" during their breaks from welding and hammering the building's steel frame. Rockwell gives her narrator a voice that's one part play-by-play announcer, one part master of ceremonies: "Goodbye, Dump Truck! Carry away the mountain of dirt that Digger dug. Then come back to get some more. Rolly-roll! Rumble and rattle." The doll-like workers also exude well-orchestrated busyness, as Greenberg examines the work site from a variety of angles; she flattens the perspective in one early scene so readers can appreciate the depth and breadth of Digger's handiwork. The artist captures and celebrates the essential bulk that makes each vehicle so impressive to young eyes. Ages 3-up. (May) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Acclaimed author Anne Rockwell brings a different kind of music to Good Morning, Digger. The story vibrates with the "grrr-clank, "rolly-roll," and "rumble, grumble" of a yellow backhoe called Digger, a dump truck and a cement mixer as they prepare a city site. Neighborhood children watch as the hole dug by Digger transforms over time into a cement floor with "windows and parts of walls" and, after much "clanging and banging, welding and hammering," becomes a "brand-new community center." The story ends with the children calling for "yellow and yellow, and lots more yellow" to paint a mural of the day that Digger came. With a deft and color-bright brush, Melanie Hope Greenberg captures the energy and excitement of the process. Little ones enthralled by big machines will beg for frequent readings. 2005, Viking, Ages 2 to 5.
—Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-This sunny picture book takes readers through the entire construction process, from vacant lot to community center. Beginning with the early-morning arrival of a backhoe, an enthusiastic young boy describes the various trucks that come to the site and the activities of the workers. When the building is complete, he and his neighbors enjoy all that their new community center has to offer, and even paint a picture of the digger on the wall. Simply told, and with large, clear illustrations, this offering will be fun for storytime or for one-on-one sharing. The text is peppered with sound effects ("Grr-clank!" and "Rumble and rattle"), and the last page has labeled drawings of the vehicles. A great choice for libraries that cannot keep enough construction books on the shelf.-Laurel L. Iakovakis, Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
One early morning, a young narrator greets Digger, the backhoe. Digger responds: "Grrr-clank!" its big teeth digging and lifting as it scrapes a hole in the earth. Soon Dump Truck arrives, rumbling and rattling. As the scene widens the reader can see that the hole, set among inner city buildings, is expanding. When the Digger has done his job, a cement mixer arrives, then a tall crane. Soon girders rise up among the banging and clanging of heavy machinery and busy men in yellow hats. Skipping a few steps, a brick building, abruptly appears. Where once was a dirt pit, is now a new community center. For readers fond of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel this will pale in comparison, but Rockwell conveys a glowing message with the construction of a place for creative gathering. The toy-like appearance of the characters and trucks and the spring-bright palette will appeal to the youngest in the all-things-wheeled-and-noisy set. Youngsters, moreover, will have a blast hearing and making the mechanical sound effects. (Picture book. 2-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142408230
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 7/19/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 2 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.02 (w) x 9.92 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Melanie Hope Greenberg is self-taught, and is the award-winning creator of sixteen books for children. Many of her books feature the unique aspects of urban life. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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