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PreSchool-Grade 2–Pallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment–from an aerial lift to a zipper–are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jackhammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. This alphabet book spotlights large-scale construction equipment, from "A is for Aerial Lifts" to "Z is for Zipper . . . used to slice asphalt." With three pages left after Z, the book playfully starts over with "A is for Asphalt Reclaimer" through "C is for Compactor" and suggests that children finish the next 23 letters themselves. Pallotta provides more information than most picture books about the topic for this age group, with a typical entry including three or four sentences with an occasional suggestion of the sound a vehicle or tool makes: "crunch, crunch, crunch . . . eng, eng, eng." Sometimes a bit of facetious humor ("Do not use a road cutter to cut your toenails") lightens the tone of the text. The handsome illustrations, which have the look of acrylic paintings, are well composed and precisely delineated. Suitable for primary-graders as well as for preschoolers who have the patience to look carefully for a minute or two before turning the page. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0640 (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Charlesbridge; 1 edition (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570914389
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570914386
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By D. Sena on April 10, 2007
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After seeing the front cover illustration of The Construction Alphabet Book on Amazon, I knew that I'd not be disappointed with the interior images, and had to purchase this book. My three year old son is obsessed with digger machines, as well as all things construction and farm, and when book after book arrived from Amazon, for myself and my older child, he asked for his turn to receive a new "digger" book. Rob Bolster's dump truck and excavator illustration caught my eye, and as we now have a huge library of construction books, I've become more choosey in the selection of new books. Exposing my children to literature and the arts is important to me; the illustrations that were created for this book are exceptional, accurate, and they capture the wonderful light and color of Edward Hooper. With so many poorly illustrated children's books, even our little guy can point out the mistakes in some illustrations, equipment and even in the text of many books, this is a refreshing addition to our collection. Even for the less sophisticated art lover, the beautifully composed pictures of construction vehicles, that are so full of wonderful color and light, will capture your child's attention as much as the subject and text. This will be a book that I will actually keep and enjoy long after the toddler obsession has moved onto something else. In the future, we will be looking for other books illustrated by Mr. Bolster and hope to meet him at a book signing!
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I purchased 3 copies of this book. My son and 2 nephews are construction crazed toddlers, and finding this book on Amazon made Christmas very merry. The illustrations are gorgeous, the language very informative, and entertaining as the author provides the sounds the equipment produces. If you want to provide a child with a realistic, educational look at the construction world along with alphabet reinforcement this book is sure to be hit.
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I didn't expect the text to be so sophisticated. Typically, an alphabet book's purpose is to teach preschoolers their letters by associating the beginning letter with a familiar object, so I was expecting a book about construction machinery perfect for a 3-year-old boy's birthday. The authors of this book are clearly construction experts, but don't have the foggiest notion of how to explain construction concepts in language that is relevant to a young child. Parents better be prepared to explain the meanings of such words as: asphalt; scaffolding; commute; surrounded; structures; debris; assembled; circular; axles; sunset; mobile; acronym(!); compresses; impact; disrupting; borer; blade; excavator; trench; rotates; aerial - oh, and my favorite, "Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation"!! The large colored illustrations are technically accurate (always a plus), but it's my opinion that the information in this well researched book is not suited to be an alphabet book. By the time a child is old enough to be interested in such detail, s/he has been reading for a while, which makes the tacked-on text attempts to appeal to little ones by adding descriptions of the noises made by the machines incredibly incongruous (e.g., "Croosh, croosh, croosh, croosh, croosh, shhhuk!"; "eeng, eeng, eeng, eeng, eeng, eeng"; ""Rnn, rnn, rnn, rnn, rnn, eeeee, SCRAPE!"). The information would be informative for third- or fourth-graders, but they'd be insulted by the alphabet-book format and the childish noise descriptions.
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We recently bought this for a 3 year old 's birthday. He is obsessed with trucks. It's a great book for the variety of trucks they include. He currently asks for it to be read multiple times a day. I love that it keeps him entertained at this age with the pictures, but he will learn a lot for years to come with all the detailed information. I'd recommend it for ages 3 on up.
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Format: Hardcover
My twin boys 3 yrs. old love this book. This is one of the books that gets chosen for bedtime reading every night and we have had it for about a year now. I could probably recite all the words without looking at the pages. That is how much we have read it.
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This is one of the few books I have found for kids about construction equipment that mostly correctly identifies the various pieces of construction equipment. Being in construction there is nothing that annoys me more than having to explain to correct misinformation in children's books. This is my biggest complaint about the Mighty Machines DVD's as well. If you are going to teach kids about construction equipment, then teach it correctly. This book gets 5 stars for being mostly accurate.
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I bought this for my 3 year old for his birthday. He enjoyed it then, but is growing into it more now, months later. He loves looking at the detailed pictures. My older 6-year son is now reading it to his brother and learning new sight words. I see this being a good book for several years!
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Each illustration in this book is really beautiful. A nice description of what each truck does is included along with a description of the sound made (for most). My only regret is not getting the hardcover. Highly recommend.
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