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What Can a Crane Pick Up? Hardcover – September 11, 2012
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“…it’s clear that this machine lives in the best of all possible worlds: where happiness is busyness, calm competence prevails, and no job is too small. Sign us up.”
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Rebecca Kai Dotlich's WHAT CAN A CRANE PICK UP is a delightful little book that would pair well with the popular books about construction like GOODNIGHT GOODNIGHT, CONSTRUCTION SITE, Gail Gibbons's HOW A HOUSE IS BUILT, and BUILDER GOOSE, a charming little book of rhymes about construction.
What Rebecca Kai Dotlich has created here is a book that speaks to the Tonka truck set. Those lovable little ones who are still stacking blocks to make towers, turning handles to operate string operated cranes and scoops, and plowing paths with bulldozers, believing that one day they may be behind the sticks that make these big machines move.
WHAT A CRANE CAN PICK UP invites itself to be read aloud. I think this is the only way to catch the sly little rhythms that Rebecca has built into the text the way a masterful children's poet can and will (and an underwear reference will carry it to six stars for knowing and speaking to the demographic here). What happens here is a question that might read like, "What can the listener 'pick up' in what the author has left behind to be discovered?"
Well. . .really nothing if we are not inviting young readers, especially our younger guy readers to scoop into the lines, to pull them to their ear like a cup fashioned by a string to the author's intent, plowing ahead into other collections of verse that deal in machinery and mechanization.
Mike Lowry's illustrations give a little personality to the cranes depicted within. The cranes remind me, as I am sure they will younger readers, of the ever-grinning Lego figures that come with the building kits. I love the businessmen in suits on a pallet along with cowboy boots.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nephew loves all things trucks and cranes and loves this book I bought him for his birthday.Published 21 hours ago by Shannon
Cute story. Didn't capture my construction obsessed son's attention as much as I'd anticipated from other reviews. A good story but definitely not one he gravitates toward.Published 5 months ago by mamamica
Much smaller than it appears...I wouldn't call it a book...more like a booklet. But it's cute.Published 6 months ago by Michelle Shank
My grandson loves trucks, diggers and especially cranes. This is a fun rhyming book. Not a lot of works but fun pictures. Read morePublished 18 months ago by N Levine
Very fun and cute book
My son is 20months, he likes it book!
Every night bring me that read book.
We are loving ALL of the new tractor books we got.....! Its hard to read the same ones over and over and over and over!Published on June 27, 2014 by R. Glick