If I Had a Snowplow

If I Had a Snowplow

by Jean Patrick, Karen Dugan
     
 

You can do a lot with the right machinery, and the boy in this happy book has everything from a snowplow and a loader to a cement mixer and a dump truck. Never mind that his heavy equipment are toys. His vivid imagination turns them into the real thing. The boy has much to do throughout the year, such as plowing roads and building sidewalks. But his work is a joy,

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You can do a lot with the right machinery, and the boy in this happy book has everything from a snowplow and a loader to a cement mixer and a dump truck. Never mind that his heavy equipment are toys. His vivid imagination turns them into the real thing. The boy has much to do throughout the year, such as plowing roads and building sidewalks. But his work is a joy, because he does it to show his mother how much he loves her. This charming picture book by Jean Patrick, illustrated by Karen Dugan, introduces children to a wide range of machinery, while conveying a loving theme that makes it a perfect book for children and parents to read together.

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Children's Literature
"If I had a snowplow, you know what I'd do? I'd crash through the deep snow, just for you" begins this picture book, a love poem from a little guy who loves his construction equipment about as much as his mother. He is big; the equipment he controls and Mom are pictured as tiny and focused on him. For love of her, he will shift, shape and build the environment as she enjoys from the sidelines. What a beautiful world it presents from a child's viewpoint! Turning the finely detailed paintings page by page, the delighted reader will encounter a loader, cement mixer, tractor, tree spade, tow truck, fire truck, cherry picker, backhoe, bulldozer, tall crane and dump truck. What more could a child want? Only that warm hug on the last page as the snowstorm rages outside and he promises his now life-size mother, "I'll give you huge hugs, strong hugs, love-you-all-day hugs. I'll stay inside, close to you." 2001, Boyds Mill, $14.95. Ages 3 to 7. Reviewer: Judy Chernak
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-In short vignettes, this caring and clever book tells the story of a boy's love for his mother as seen through his play with his toys. Each spread begins with "If I had a-" (truck, tractor, cement mixer, bulldozer, etc.) and tells what the boy would do for his mother. ("If I had a loader, you know what I'd do?/I'd feed the cattle, just for you-.") The art and the story line form a beautiful montage; each text box is set in an arched frame with the month of the year and an illustration of a toy at the top, accompanied by a larger illustration of the boy playing with the vehicle described. The framed picture on the facing page depicts the vision the words describe. The realistic and yet imaginary style of the art really captures the text. Each vignette is touching and shows the child interacting with the mother. His growth throughout the year and the joy and love shared between parent and child make this a special book. It is great for one-on-one reading, and offers a new twist on the ever-present need for more truck books.-JoAnn Jonas, Chula Vista Public Library, San Diego, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781563977466
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
13.80(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
5 - 7 Years

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