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I Love Tools!
     

I Love Tools!

by Philemon Sturges, Shari Halpern (Illustrator)
 

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Tools can cut things apart . . .

. . . or put them back together again.

You can use tools to make almost anything!

From the clamps that hold down the wood for the very first cut through the paintbrush that adds the finishing touches, this book is full of useful tools! Young readers will love watching a busy family saw, hammer, and chisel

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Tools can cut things apart . . .

. . . or put them back together again.

You can use tools to make almost anything!

From the clamps that hold down the wood for the very first cut through the paintbrush that adds the finishing touches, this book is full of useful tools! Young readers will love watching a busy family saw, hammer, and chisel as they work together to create a new home for their friend the bluebird.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Trina Heidt
In this colorfully illustrated book, a young family works together to build a simple birdhouse for their bluebird friend. The tools introduced are simple tools that most young children would, with supervision, reasonably be able to handle safely. Some of the common tools they use include a square, a hammer, a screwdriver, a drill, and a saw. The sparse text names each tool within rhyming couplets and triplets while simply explaining the function of each. The full-page illustrations are vivid and clearly demonstrate the use of the tools. The illustrations also make clear that this is indeed, from start to finish, a family project. If your little ones love tools, they will love this book.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Large, flat representations of basic hand tools are introduced as a family makes a birdhouse. The colorful, cheerful art and simple text lay out the steps in the process. The rhyming text works well, using the names of the tools and what they do, and the senses are evoked in references to the smell of the sawdust and the noise of the hammering. However, the last part of the rhyme, "Place you'll ever build a nest!" is set off by itself on a separate spread and seems awkward. Still, fans of Sturges's I Love Trains! (2001) or I Love Trucks! (1999, both HarperCollins) will enjoy this title, too.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A family carpentry project affords Sturges the opportunity to show young readers that tools are a groove. The task at hand is to build a bluebird house, and it is carried forth with all the joyous, purposeful cooperation one might witness at an Amish barn-raising. To the accompaniment of Halpern's crisp, closely observed illustrations, Sturges introduces a number of tools; not just hammer, screwdriver and saw, but a brace and bit, a square and a clamp. The family takes the time to do it right and Sturges sets the work in a spare, simple rhyme scheme: "The hammer pounds a nail, and then-Oops! It pulls it out again." The endpapers are an added bonus, giving brief descriptions of a tool's uses and providing some fun facts: You turn a screwdriver right to make a screw tight, for instance, and the average pencil can draw a line 35 miles long. Imagine that. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060092887
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
05/23/2006
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
24
Product dimensions:
10.26(w) x 8.92(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, and I Love Bugs!

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