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Author: Toni Buzzeo

Illustrator: Jim Datz

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Publisher: Harry N. Abrams, 2015

Material: board book

Summary: How do you build a house? What kind of tools would you need? This book goes through each set of tools needed by workers building a house. The tools are grouped by use and children flip the pages to see whose tools they are. Beginning with the foundations of the house and ending with a complete home, this book will delight any kids interested in building. This is a nonfiction board book, that uses rhyme to introduce kids to tools and different types of construction jobs.

Type of Reading: playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 6

Age of Child: Read with children ages 3 and 5.

Young Reader Reaction: My little builder selected this book - so I wasn't surprised he liked it! He loved seeing the tools and then enthusiastically shouting out the answer to "Whose tools are those?" I knew my three year old would love it, but I was surprised how much my five-year-old enjoyed it. She doesn't normally get interested in building, but this book appealed to her.

Adult Reader Reaction: I also liked Whose Tools>. It is perfect for a three year old in both size and content. The illustrations are cute, the progression is easy for them to understand, and it's fun for them.

Pros: Fun interactive pages and adorable illustrations engage readers in construction.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This would be a good book to give as a gift to a little construction enthusiast.


Educational Themes: By 'parternering' tools with the person who uses them, you can introduce young readers not just to what a tool does in and of itself, but the job / person that uses it.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, rhyme, tools, jobs, workers

Date(s) Reviewed: June 2015

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