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Tools Rule! Hardcover – March 25, 2014
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PreS-Gr 2—A yard full of amiable tools comes together to build a toolshed. Meshon's illustrations are bright, bold, and emblazoned with smiling faces. Even the tiniest eraser on a pencil has a cute cartoon face. The large, clear font will make this clever title an appropriate choice for beginning readers and will challenge older readers to move beyond the basics (saw, hammer, nails) and learn about more advanced tools, such as an awl and a T square. To complement the anthropomorphic tools, the text includes onomatopoeia sound effects: "Saw saws Wood. 'Vrip! Vrip! Vrip!' Drill drills Screws. 'Zip! Zip! Zip!'" With this lively text and positive message about the benefits of teamwork, Tools Rule! will please readers with an interest in how things work and provide an opportunity to spur engaging audience participation while reading aloud. This book could provide an excellent jumping-off point to engage students in further informational reading about tools or building structures.—Nora Clancy, Teachers College Community School, New York City
A yard full of anthropomorphized tools organizes itself into action in order to build a shed they can call home. Each of the members of this smiling menagerie performs its job according to plan—drafting, measuring, cutting, assembling, and demonstrating good spirit and admirable teamwork in the process. Meshon (Take Me Out to the Yakyu, 2013) draws the action in flat, blocky simplicity, with heavy outlines and only the occasional shadow. His cartoony characters have a familiar, kawaii sweetness, with big, wide-set eyes and broad smiles, matched in their punny word-balloon dialogue (“What a mess! / Calling all tools . . . / to the workbench / one and all. Awl, that / means you too!”). And the especially vivid palette, with a remarkable range of saturated colors and rich, dense backgrounds, adds to the good-natured ebullience. This friendly, informative outing will appeal to budding builders with an interest in colorful construction. Preschool-Grade 1. --Thom Barthelmess
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「Take Me Out to the Yakyu」を読んでから、この作者の次の作品を楽しみにしていました。予約していた２作目が今日届いて、さっそく読んでみました。またまたやってくれました！この本に出てくる工具達、最初はダラーんとしているのですが、T定規の号令で生き生きと倉庫を建てはじめます。それぞれの工具がいろんな音を出しながら一生懸命働きます。どんな効果音を出せるか、ここは音読の腕の見せ所ですね！一日中がんばって働いて、ようやく完成した倉庫には、ひとりひとりの工具にちゃんと寝る場所があります。きちんと整理されて工具はいい気分で眠りにつきます。子育てにおいて、おもちゃのお片づけはいつもバトルですが、おもちゃもきれいに整頓されていると気持ちいいんだよ、とこの工具たちが教えてくれます。この本の工具たちは日本でもおなじみのものばかりだと思うので、日本語版もぜひ発売してほしいです！
Vise, the ruler is in charge. The team of tools look up to him for help and guidance. By using motivational works and getting the team in order, they all have to work together to finish the task of building before bed.
This book has so many good qualities to it. First of all, is shows that when working in a team no job is to big or small. I also love how this book is not all perfect. For example at one point, all the tools were just lying around. In any job, you will have good workers and workers that get sidetracked. Vise manages to get the team up and running again.
Through the eyes of adorable tools, this book is very realistic. It discusses teamwork and motivation.