Toolbox Twins
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Toolbox Twins

by Lola M. Schaefer, Melissa Iwai
     
 

Join in the fun with this father-son fix-it team

 

Vincent and his daddy are a fix-it team. One by one they use the trusty tools in their toolboxes—from hammers and nails to saws and shears—and make repairs around the house.

Engaging rhymes and playful illustrations introduce young children to the popular subject of tools and the

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Join in the fun with this father-son fix-it team

 

Vincent and his daddy are a fix-it team. One by one they use the trusty tools in their toolboxes—from hammers and nails to saws and shears—and make repairs around the house.

Engaging rhymes and playful illustrations introduce young children to the popular subject of tools and the concept of making broken things new again.

 

Toolbox Twins is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Vincent and his father each have a toolbox; together they use the tools inside their boxes to perform lots of tasks. On each two-page spread of this delightful picture book, the father and son fix steps that squeak, oil wheels that squeal, and tighten bolts. Vincent and his father use tools, big and small, in a variety of places of their home: the garage, the kitchen, outside, and in the hallway. The softly colored illustrations are done with acrylic paint on illustration board but appear almost like chalk drawings. Through these softly colored illustrations, one can learn about the functions of a wide variety of tools and see a nice interaction between a father and his son. The gentle rhymes that serve to explain the illustrations also move the story along and have a nice sound to them. Each tool is described in a way that allows a reader to hear what the tool sounds like when it is being used. One might quibble about who the other two family members are; they are never mentioned. Rather they just appear from time to time in some of the pictures. However, these unnamed characters do not distract the reader from the relationship between father and son. This story would be a nice read-aloud of a father's story to preschoolers or kindergartners.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-In this pleasant rhyming book, a father and son are shown using the implements in their trusty toolboxes. Each verse describes two items and jobs they can do, with particular attention paid to the accompanying sounds: "With hammers and nails,/they bang and tap-/steps that squeak,/stools that creak." Acrylic paintings in mostly primary colors show Dad and Vincent making repairs indoors and out. Large sans serif letters make the text easy to read, and the names of the featured implements are set in bold colors. The cozy pictures perfectly depict a father-son bonding experience, while giving a lesson on identifying common household tools. Taro Miura's Tools (Chronicle, 2006) shows a larger variety of equipment, while this book has more of a story. Purchase it if you need more titles for budding fix-it guys or father-and-son stories.-Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
When it comes to growing up, emulation is often the name of the game, and Vincent is no exception. "Dad has a toolbox. Vincent has one, too." While mom is busy with the new baby, father and son set about doing many varied projects around the house. As father and son work in tandem, the text highlights in bright colors the names of the tools while explaining what they do and how they are applied. Levels and awls measure and mark for frames and shelves, saws and shears prune and snip the limbs of trees and vines, and screws and nuts twist and turn to repair doors. Dad uses the real tools while Vincent does his small part with the bright toy versions. The illustrations offer a softened realism in the depiction of colorful familial ambiance and small details such as the red patterned carpet, small black dog, the plant on the windowsill or the backyard barbecue. If one isn't bothered by the family's very gender-specific duties, this is a cozy lap read that also serves as splendid learning tool. (Picture book. 3-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780805077339
Publisher:
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date:
08/22/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.32(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 5 Years

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