________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 15 . . . . March 28, 2003

cover At a Construction Site. (Wheels at Work).

Don Kilby.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2003.
24 pp., cloth, $16.95 (without magnets), $19.95 (with magnets).
ISBN 1-55337-378-2 (without magnets), ISBN 1-55337-044-9 (with magnets).

Subject Headings:
Trucks-Juvenile literature.
Construction equipment-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Patricia Fay.

*** /4

   
cover

On the Road. (Wheels at Work).

Don Kilby.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2003.
24 pp., cloth, $16.95 (without magnets), $19.95 (with magnets).
ISBN 1-55337-379-0 (without magnets), ISBN 1-55337-043-0 (with magnets).

Subject Heading:
Trucks-Juvenile literature.

Preschool-grade 2 / Ages 3-7.

Review by Patricia Fay.

*** /4

   

excerpt:

Earthmovers are the biggest machines at the construction site. They crawl back and forth pushing and pulling the rocks and dirt till the ground lies flat and even. Now the construction of the new building can begin!

 

internal art

If you have ever wondered what a construction machine does or what kind of cargo a large truck carries, then these books are for you. Don Kilby, the author/illustrator, has used beautiful acrylic paintings to illustrate both books. The pictures are meticulously detailed and very well researched. On pages with more than one machine or truck illustrated, there are labels on each to avoid confusion.

     The text is straightforward but conveys the purpose of each vehicle. The name of each vehicle is printed in bold type to help further the reader. The books do not have a table of contents, glossary or index but are well suited to the age of the intended audience.

     In At the Construction Site, a backhoe, bulldozer, cement truck, crane, dump truck, earthmover, forklift and many other heavy machines are shown doing their jobs as one building is demolished by the wrecking ball to make way for a new building complete with new trees planted by the last truck on the site, the tree spade. On the Road is similar in format and features a variety of large trucks, such as tankers, box trailers, flat bed trailers, car carriers and more.

Recommended.

Pat Fay, a teacher-librarian at Beaumont School in Charleswood, MB, has always had a fascination with tractors.

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