Road Builders

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First you'll meet the crew. Then you'll see all the trucks up close - cement mixers, bulldozers, dump trucks, graders, pavers - and learn what each one does. And finally, you'll watch a bustling new road come to life!

It takes many kinds of trucks to build a road: cement mixers, dump trucks, bulldozers, front loaders, cranes, and more. Don't forget the energetic crew who made it all possible. Hennessy's simple, step-by-step story and Taback's bright, bold ...

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Overview

First you'll meet the crew. Then you'll see all the trucks up close - cement mixers, bulldozers, dump trucks, graders, pavers - and learn what each one does. And finally, you'll watch a bustling new road come to life!

It takes many kinds of trucks to build a road: cement mixers, dump trucks, bulldozers, front loaders, cranes, and more. Don't forget the energetic crew who made it all possible. Hennessy's simple, step-by-step story and Taback's bright, bold illustrations together have created a colorful, inviting picture book.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This soup-to-nuts explanation of how roads are constructed begins in an empty field and ends on a busy freeway, and it offers just the right amount of information for its intended audience. Readers watch as members of a road crew bulldoze, dig, dump, grade, pave, roll, paint, mark and light a new roadway--and then drive off into the sunset to their next job. Bolstered by Hennessy's ( Jake Baked the Cake ) concise text, Taback's ( On Our Way to the Forest! ) bold, attention-grabbing colors and oversized, up-close-and-personal illustrations are action-packed and will thrill young truck-lovers everywhere. It's a splendid introduction to a world that many children find riveting. Ages 2-7. Children's BOMC main selection. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
In this book, Buddy, John, Ed, Fran, Joe, Jessie and Chuck are building a road. Each step of the process and the trucks used are explained simply but clearly. With a minimum of text and lots of bright cartoon-like illustrations, this book is sure to be popular with youngsters in the "how do they make . . .?" phase. The stars of the book are the trucks; this will be another surefire hit with the preschool set.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Large busy pictures and a simple declarative text introduce children to the process of building a road. The focus is on the vehicles involved, depicting them all together and then individually or in pairs as the project unfolds. Taback's cartoon illustrations show the multiethnic crew at work and a flatbed truck carrying them to the next job when the highway is completed. This book is a good choice for both beginning readers and preschool construction buffs. It is simpler than Gail Gibbons's New Road! (Crowell, 1983) and the drawings are larger and more detailed. Some of the same equipment is described in Ken Robbins's Power Machines (Holt, 1993), but that book doesn't show the building process.- Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140542769
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1996
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 386,632
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.42 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2005

    My son loves it!!

    My son is only 15 months old but is always pulling this book off the self for me to read to him. He knows when we are finished and always gives it a round of applause. The pictures are big and colorful and is just long enought to keep any child interested in construction vehicles happy!!

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