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Bam, Bam, Bam Library Binding – March, 1995


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Product Details

  • Library Binding: 1 pages
  • Publisher: Henry Holth & Co (J); 1st edition (March 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805035273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805035278
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,517,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Vibrantly told and boldly illustrated, this story of urban construction is a perfect marriage of text and art. The late Merriam's straightforward, muscular verse ("SLAM, SLAM, SLAM,/ goes the steel wrecking-ball,/ BAM, BAM, BAM,/ against a stone wall") recounts a process engrossing to most children. Yaccarino, effectively repeating the same graphic style and brilliant tones he employed in Big Brother Mike, here exchanges that big-headed protagonist for burly, large-bodied workers. The book's design, too, contributes to the forceful presentation: text, formatted in white lettering on black or black on white, appears in horizontal strips at the bottom or top of each spread. POW! Ages 4-7.
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Ages 4^-6. It's demolition day at an urban site, where a skyscraper is due to be razed. This book is not a preservationist's lament, but rather a child's view of the sounds and the sights of demolition: "SLAM, SLAM, SLAM goes the steel wrecking ball." Merriam's rhymes are simple like a sledgehammer blow, with the same rhythmic swing, and Yaccarino's bulky, brightly colored workers make the process look like fun. Perhaps red and purple overalls should be required at every building site. Mary Harris Veeder

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I worked for a day care center, this was one of my favorites to read to the toddlers. It was one of the children's favorites as well. They loved to repeat the rhythmic lines (and Bam! Bam! Bam! is easy for even a beginning talker to repeat). This book does a lot to engage young children visually as well with its bold and bright pictures, containing some of the most interesting illustrations in children's books. If you can find it, I also recommend the audio cassette for this book. Children will naturally follow the beats and rhythm of the song - like narration.
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By Christy L. Deitchman on July 12, 2009
Format: Library Binding
Very cute, short, story/rhyme about a wrecking ball. My son loves the fact that it knocks things down. But it is nice to see the story, aside from knocking things down, that you can then build something new!
An enjoybable construction story!
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