Review by Booklist Review
From Bump! Bump! Wheelbarrow, / have you any nails? / Yes sir, yes sir, / three full pails! to This little forklift carried rebar. / This little forklift hauled pipe, and Twinkle, twinkle, wrecking ball, Ashburn recasts familiar nursery rhymes for modern young dirt diggers and big-truck addicts. The mixed crew of hard-hatted wild animals and livestock in De Giorgi's digital collages are more cute than blue collar, but they do add to the child-friendly atmosphere, and the extremely clean, tidy construction site's machines and gear are easy to identify. Though not all of the 22 rhymes are as cleverly transposed as the examples above, Ashburn doesn't skimp on either humor or specialized vocabulary, and the collection offers equal appeal whether shared with single children or larger audiences.--Peters, John Copyright 2010 Booklist
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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review
Mother Goose rhymes are given construction site context in an upbeat collection of poems joined by equally friendly images of industrious animals operating tools and equipment in scenes that have a chunky, three-dimensional quality. "Three Blind Mice" is restaged with a trio of dump trucks ("They wait in line to pick up their load/ of dirt or big rocks, then they head down the road"); a "[c]rumbling bridge is falling down/ falling down/ falling down"; and a mouse and cat "Sing a song of garbage,/ a bucketful of trash./ Four and twenty loads of it-/ ready to be mashed!" Fans of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site will want to pick this one up. Ages 3-6. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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Review by School Library Journal Review
K-Gr 2-Ashburn has rewritten nursery rhymes to reflect the activity found on a busy construction site. "Rat-a-tat" is sung to the tune of "Pat-a-Cake." Other selections include "Do You Know the Bulldozer?" and "The Itsy-Bitsy Skid Steer." Ten animals, male and female and of all sizes, appear in the 22 rhymes. The selections will teach children the names and purposes of the equipment and vehicles. The rhymes, one per page, are often illustrated on spreads. This connection reinforces the theme of teamwork and friendship seen throughout the book. In the morning, the workers plan their day together. In the evening, they say goodbye under a starry sky. During their shifts, they wear proper safety equipment and take a break for lunch. This collection will appeal to children interested in heavy machines and construction, and they'll enjoy hearing new words and identifying familiar rhymes.-Tanya Boudreau, Cold Lake Public Library, AB, Canada (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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