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Dig! Hardcover – May 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (May 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152167854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152167851
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-K–Digging is all in a day's work for Mr. Rally and his dog, Lightning. His projects include moving dirt and rocks on a bridge, making a drain for the rain, removing a load on the road, digging a hole for a pool in the school, and leveling a site for "a zoo, all brand new." Readers follow Mr. Rally as he gets to work, step-by-step, getting dressed, reviewing the big jobs for the day, and completing all five of them. And when each task is done, a peppy response follows and elicits young readers' recitation: "Dig up rock and dig up clay!/Dig up dirt and dig all day!/Good job, Mr. Rally!/Good job, Lightning!/Mr. Rally waves good-bye./Is all the digging done? No!" The final scene shows Mr. Rally at home, preparing his garden, and Lightning digging a hole, burying his five treasures in the yard. Earth-tone illustrations are created with watercolor and Prismacolor pencil. Although the vocabulary isn't controlled for a true early reader, the pace, repetition, and word choices make the book appropriate for beginning readers. The uncluttered art, catchy refrain, and focus on heavy machinery make it a natural for storytimes.–Marian Creamer, Children's Literature Alive, Portland, OR
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PreS. With help from his trusty dog, Lightning, and his big yellow backhoe, Mr. Rally is ready for any digging job. Lively pictures and words follow him through a day of five separate assignments that give the story the added fun of a counting exercise. The simple, bouncy text, with a rhyming refrain that will encourage young children to chant along, describes Mr. Rally's progress from site to site, concluding with a surprise at the end of the day that finds Mr. Rally still doing what he loves best, even after turning in his backhoe. Rosenthal's illustrations, rendered in earthy greens and browns, feature stylized shapes and thick black outlines reminiscent of Wanda Gag's work. They extend the humor and activity with extra jokes: at each site, for example, Lightning finds a bone for his collection, which he buries with a wink at the story's end. Full of action and rhythm, this winning picture book, by a husband-and-wife team, will delight preschoolers who dream of their own big-engine, dirt-digging adventures. Gillian Engberg
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Also a great educational book for preschoolers.
Cherie C. Hemphill
The story line, however, has a great combination of repetition and flavor.
A Dad Who Loves to Read
My 4 year old daughter, 2 year old son, and their mom love this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Dad Who Loves to Read on December 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The theme is simple: a backhoe driver, accompanied by his dog, have five digging jobs to complete in one day. The story line, however, has a great combination of repetition and flavor. And the ending helps toddlers/preschoolers see the worker at home doing in a small way what he does at work (note the title!). The illustrations are just as important to the story, and offer a secondary plot line, involving the dog, not included in the text. There's plenty here to read but, more importantly, talk about with children. After at least 50 readings (maybe twice that many), I greatly appreciate how much there is in this little book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. A. Gannon on July 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
After having to renew this book from the library every three weeks for the past several months, I finally decided to buy it! My two year old son absolutely loves it and never gets tired of us reading it to him. He is still noticing new things about the story and the illustrations that keep him interested. Mr. Rally, the backhoe driver is the main character, and he has five big digging jobs to do. We now "play Mr. Rally" by digging in our yard, and see "Rally trucks" at every construction site we pass! We even break up errands on weekends into "five big jobs to do" and count them off as we complete them. I highly recommend this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By XXCG#% on November 18, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I got this book because my son loves backhoes passionately! What I discovered is that it's a wonderful counting book. Most counting books are dull and formulaic (7 mice, 3 cats etc). Here the counting is seamlessly woven into the story in several different ways. I find kids really enjoy to learn to count this way as opposed to the mindless repitition. Cadence and repetition of the digging refrain is also very toddler friendly. Highly recommend for the digger in your life!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookLovingMama on June 12, 2006
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This was given to my son as a gift and it is truly one of the best books we've seen that contains a plethera of construction scenes, roadblocks and comical illustrations that will have you digging for more. Help Lightning find the bones buried in each of Mr. Rally's jobs and count along as they go through a day's work. The classic art technique make this tale a truly timeless treasure.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on June 15, 2004
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My kids and I heard this read at the library story time. This is a great book to share with kids who love big construction equipment. Mr Rally is a construction worker and he has a dog who loves to dig!
Mr Rally has five jobs to do. As you and your kids follow Mr Rally about through his day you can use this story to ask how many jobs does he have left to do.
Great for preschool story times and even makes a great bedtime story!
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By R. Glick on June 27, 2014
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We are loving ALL of the new tractor books we got.....! Its hard to read the same ones over and over and over and over!
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By Shopper on January 12, 2014
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My two year old son loves diggers and often picks this book to read due to its illustrations. He also favors books with simplicity, repetivness and rhyme. It's a great way for him to learn the numbers 1-5, which is the main reason I bought it.
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By N. H. on June 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
We got several new books recently, and this one is a hit with my 3 year old. It is very similar to Trashy Town though, and we actually prefer that. I do like that this one has some rhyming pairs and introduces counting to five, but it isn't quite as much fun as Trashy Town. I'd suggest getting that one too if your child loves this book.
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