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From Here to There Hardcover – April 1, 2005

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PreSchool-Grade 2–Farmer Dibble tires of bumping over the unpaved route into town and asks city hall for a new road. Just like that, the mayor, county engineer, and surveyor put their heads together and construction begins. Youngsters will be beguiled by the images of all the heavy equipment needed for such an undertaking. Bulldozers, front-end loaders, graders, and the like are the focus of the watercolor art and the operators are mostly fuzzy outlines. The story is told in short, declarative sentences and the simple vocabulary makes it accessible to beginning readers. While not particularly new or exciting, this title may appeal to the many children who are enthusiastic about construction equipment.–Rosalyn Pierini, San Luis Obispo City-County Library, CA
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PreS-K. When mild-mannered Farmer Dibble tells the mayor, country engineer, and surveyor that he wants a new road to replace the bumpy one that winds its way into town, the action begins. They send out road signs, workers, and heavy equipment, including dump trucks and a bulldozer, a front-end loader, a gravel truck, a compactor, and an excavator. The broom truck sweeps up just in time for the paint truck to add lines. Parents may smile at the uncharacteristic responsiveness of city hall, and even listeners will want more information about how the road is built. But young children who just love watching construction trucks will still find plenty to enjoy here. The straightforward watercolor paintings put the vehicles front and center. With a few short lines of text on each double-page spread, this picture book offers a bit of a framework story and many scenes of road-construction trucks at work. Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Boyds Mills Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590780922
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590780923
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Here to There is a picture book about how a road is built, a topic preschoolers love. The author is a teacher with experience reading to young children, and her expertise

shows up in her book. From Here to There works very well as a read-aloud.

It has lots of sound words (bump, bump bump) and a good sense of rhythm.

Not too much text on each page, just enough to keep the action going. It's

a natural for preschool storytime or one-on-one story sharing.
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Not a bad book, but not worth a purchase. The writing is choppy, with no rhythm. The illustrations are clear but unremarkable. The farmer and his dog are disconnected from the rest of the story. We do get a sense of the process of road building, but other kids' books do a better job at that. My 3-yr-old felt the same way I did: it's not bad, but only worth a few reads. Check out "Road Builders" by Hennessy instead, or plenty of others.
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This was my daughter's favorite book, when she was 5. It was a bedtime necessity.
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