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Product Details

  • Age Range: 2 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Hardcover: 52 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; X-Library - 1st edition (July 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811855198
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811855198
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,113 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 1–This simple, yet well-conceived concept book depicts several types of tools used in various professions, with two spreads devoted to each one. The first shows 6 to 10 clearly labeled items; the page turn reveals the name of the related occupation printed in large, bold letters on the left and a picture of someone using the tools on the right. For example, illustrations of an open-end wrench, bolt, etc., are followed by the word Mechanic and a picture of a man in a uniform fixing a motorcycle, all surrounded by white space. Done in Adobe Illustrator, the objects are shown to scale and with just enough detail to satisfy inquisitive young minds. This excellent easy reader is a must for updating those well-worn titles in your collection. Pair it with Lola M. Schaefer's Toolbox Twins (Holt, 2006) for a tool-themed storytime.–Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
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Each profession has its own tools. Japanese illustrator Miura shows a distinctive set of tools on a double-page spread, identifying items such as a clamp, a saw, and nails. A turn of the page reveals the worker using them. Prereading children will enjoy identifying the tools, but their biggest challenge will be guessing the occupation represented. Doctor, chef, and painter may be the easiest jobs to identify, but most children will be stumped by the watchmaker's tools. With the exception of the "try square," known here. as the "framing square," most of the tools' names are in common use in the U.S. Graphically bold and distinctive, the subtly textured, shaded shapes of the implements show up clearly on the colored pages. On the alternating spreads, the workers are pictured against white backgrounds. The guessing-game aspect adds an element of fun to this beautifully designed and distinctively illustrated book. Carolyn Phelan
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By La Gialla on December 22, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Beautiful, but kind of austere book, with some strange choices of what to show (watchmaker's tools?). Feels a bit dated; maybe just something lost in translation. A decent choice for the tool obsessed. If you want something with a bit more life in it, try "Monkey with a Tool Belt" by Chris Monroe.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. D. France on January 11, 2007
Format: Hardcover
MY LITTLE BOY LOVES THIS BOOK. BECAUSE HE'S MY RIGHT HAND MAN WHEN I'M DOING HOME PROJECTS HE RECOGNIZES MANY OF THE TOOLS ILLUSTRATED IN THS BOOK. HE LOVES TO POINT OUT THE ONES HE'S REALLY FAMILIAR WITH.
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