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PreSchool-Grade 2–Pallotta follows the alphabetical formula used in many of his other titles, this time with Bolster's illustrations to showcase different types of construction equipment. Upper- and lowercase letters are paired with brief descriptive paragraphs that explain how pieces of construction equipment–from an aerial lift to a zipper–are used. Some of the machines are used in demolition, some for roads; others to clear land or erect buildings. Treatment is brief. A backhoe, cement mixer, dump truck, jackhammer, and wrecking ball will be more familiar to children than a horizontal borer, knuckleboom loader, mobile rock crusher, quad-axle lowbed, and vactor. The realistic paintings, rich in tones of blue, brown, red, green, and orange, will attract youngsters. Libraries with a high demand for construction-related books should consider adding this appealing title.–Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH
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PreS-Gr. 2. This alphabet book spotlights large-scale construction equipment, from "A is for Aerial Lifts" to "Z is for Zipper . . . used to slice asphalt." With three pages left after Z, the book playfully starts over with "A is for Asphalt Reclaimer" through "C is for Compactor" and suggests that children finish the next 23 letters themselves. Pallotta provides more information than most picture books about the topic for this age group, with a typical entry including three or four sentences with an occasional suggestion of the sound a vehicle or tool makes: "crunch, crunch, crunch . . . eng, eng, eng." Sometimes a bit of facetious humor ("Do not use a road cutter to cut your toenails") lightens the tone of the text. The handsome illustrations, which have the look of acrylic paintings, are well composed and precisely delineated. Suitable for primary-graders as well as for preschoolers who have the patience to look carefully for a minute or two before turning the page. Carolyn Phelan
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
literature and art lover April 10 2007
By D. Sena - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
After seeing the front cover illustration of The Construction Alphabet Book on Amazon, I knew that I'd not be disappointed with the interior images, and had to purchase this book. My three year old son is obsessed with digger machines, as well as all things construction and farm, and when book after book arrived from Amazon, for myself and my older child, he asked for his turn to receive a new "digger" book. Rob Bolster's dump truck and excavator illustration caught my eye, and as we now have a huge library of construction books, I've become more choosey in the selection of new books. Exposing my children to literature and the arts is important to me; the illustrations that were created for this book are exceptional, accurate, and they capture the wonderful light and color of Edward Hooper. With so many poorly illustrated children's books, even our little guy can point out the mistakes in some illustrations, equipment and even in the text of many books, this is a refreshing addition to our collection. Even for the less sophisticated art lover, the beautifully composed pictures of construction vehicles, that are so full of wonderful color and light, will capture your child's attention as much as the subject and text. This will be a book that I will actually keep and enjoy long after the toddler obsession has moved onto something else. In the future, we will be looking for other books illustrated by Mr. Bolster and hope to meet him at a book signing!
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
extremely pleased Jan. 7 2008
By Amanda Godfrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I purchased 3 copies of this book. My son and 2 nephews are construction crazed toddlers, and finding this book on Amazon made Christmas very merry. The illustrations are gorgeous, the language very informative, and entertaining as the author provides the sounds the equipment produces. If you want to provide a child with a realistic, educational look at the construction world along with alphabet reinforcement this book is sure to be hit.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
My boys love this book! Aug. 6 2007
By Andrea - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
My twin boys 3 yrs. old love this book. This is one of the books that gets chosen for bedtime reading every night and we have had it for about a year now. I could probably recite all the words without looking at the pages. That is how much we have read it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great book for kids interested in all things construction! June 2 2009
By Melanie E. Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
We live near a construction site that my 2.5 year old daughter is addicted to watching. This book is great! We now have the proper names for all of the machinery and equipment we see on the construction site and it does help her learn the alphabet. Ex: My daughter pointed out the letters 'm' and 'i' on my shirt--> "M for mobile rock crusher. I for impact hammer." I was astounded that she retained that knowledge from the book. Those are not run-of-the-mill words for a 2.5 year old. We have other alphabet books, but this one seems to garner her attention the most in terms of making letter associations, I assume because she is so interested in the subject matter. If your child loves heavy equipment then I definitely recommend this book. The illustrations are great and each piece of equipment is described to the appropriate level of detail. The book is very long, so she often cherry-picks it for bedtime reading to delay sleep.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great book, beautiful illustrations... Dec 11 2012
By ExtonMama - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Each illustration in this book is really beautiful. A nice description of what each truck does is included along with a description of the sound made (for most). My only regret is not getting the hardcover. Highly recommend.


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