- Age Range: 6 - 9 years
- Grade Level: 1 - 4
- Series: Kaboom! Books
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick (April 23, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0763655325
- ISBN-13: 978-0763655327
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,792,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Let's Build a Playground (Kaboom! Books) Hardcover – April 23, 2013
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Gr 3-6-KaBOOM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the concept that all children deserve a safe place to play. The group facilitates partnerships between communities and businesses to build, maintain, and upgrade play areas in urban locations throughout the United States. Many of them are built with neighborhood support and labor in one day. This book recounts the building of one of these playgrounds in Indianapolis. A local charter school had a disintegrating play area and KaBOOM worked with parents, faculty, administration, and, most importantly, with children to plan, pay for, and build an appropriate playground. In a singsong style, the text chronicles the machines and people who do the planning and preliminary foundation work. The size of the project is described by using measurements familiar to children-with their own size, weight, and reach as basis. The children were encouraged to use their imaginations in choosing the colors and types of equipment and here the manufacturing process is also illustrated. Many volunteers worked to complete the project, and the process was documented by an on-site photographer whose work is the basis for many of the illustrations. The finished playground is a fine culmination showing what a community working together can achieve. However, the vital process of fundraising and bringing about business involvement is greatly simplified and may not show a completely realistic picture of the undertaking. Of possible use in building concepts of community organization and cooperation to bring positive results.-Eva Elisabeth VonAncken, formerly at Trinity-Pawling School, Pawling, NYα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
About the Author
KaBOOM! is a national nonprofit organization that believes that kids everywhere need a safe, nearby place to exercise their bodies and imaginations. Their mission is no less than to save play for America’s children through the creation of great playspaces with the participation and leadership of communities. Ultimately, they envision a place to play within walking distance of every child.
Michael J. Rosen has written and edited some ninety books for children and adults, including The Hound Dog’s Haiku, illustrated by Mary Azarian; The Cuckoo’s Haiku, illustrated by Stan Fellows; and the pop-up book Chanukah Lights, illustrated and paper-engineered by Robert Sabuda. He lives on one hundred forested acres in central Ohio.
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The story by Michael J . Rosen discusses the planning, money raising, preparation of the site, the actual process, the volunteers, and the completion of the playground. It is very detailed and the photographs assist in the text.
If you and your community are considering building a playground, I believe the book would be a valuable resource before you begin the project.
*I received a copy for review - all opinions are my own*