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Summary: Preschoolers and young readers learn how a building in demolished. From the major pieces of equipment used to what happens to the old material, this picture book covers it all. This rhyming book can be shared with toddlers and used to help preschoolers develop their reading skills.
Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 6
Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old boy.
Young Reader Reaction: My neighbor’s five year old son loved the illustrations and the “sound effects” that accompanied the text.
Adult Reader Reaction: If you love big equipment and construction machines this is a very cool book. I liked the section at the end of the book where the equipment was pictured again along with their technical names and the functions they fulfilled.
Pros: Great illustrations and engaging text make this a fun book to share with young readers.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. With all those layers (not to mention big "trucks" and a chance to make sounds!) young readers will wear out this book.
Educational Themes: This is a book with a deceiving number of layers. With toddlers you can teach different pieces of machinery and practice word sounds. Preschoolers and Kindergarteners will also enjoy the chance to practice reading. The story also offers a chance for you to introduce the idea of recycling and re-purposing materials.
Notes: Bob Walch, Monterey, California, sent us this review. Bob's reviews appear in the Salinas Californian, Watsonville Register-Pajaronian, Aptos Times, Ride/Western Times and Coast Views Magazine. His online reviews can be found at MyShelf, Roundtable Reviews, Parent Click, Midwest Book Review, and I Love a Mystery.