Three Books of the Week: Motor On! Ages 2-7

Oct 2, 2017 | Kids Books | 0 comments

Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

Children's Books - Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

This is the sequel to the much-loved Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site  (please tell me you have read this).  In this instalment, the trucks and  . . . . uh, big rig things, build a massive structure in one day.

I would say it’s twice as long as Goodnight Construction Site and can be quite a mouthful when reading.

I won’t lie.  I couldn’t care less about trucks and construction vehicles.  But kids LOVE construction sites and big vehicles. And, in my experience, this happens in both boys and girls.  George adores these books.  And watching construction sites.  Which I am happy to indulge – as long as I have a place to sit, a book to read and a coffee.  He can watch all day for all I care.

But I digress.

What did we learn?

A whole new slew of terms for construction vehicles.  Like skid steer and flatbed truck. I also learned how they pour concrete several stories up. I can honestly say I never thought about it before but now that I know – it’s pretty cool.

Why I like it:

George likes it – so I like it.  It is actually exhausting to read but he just adores it so I will keep reading.  Also, I enjoy that in a book about big, heavy duty trucks of the characters are female.  I have never been so aware in my life  of gender roles in play and books so I am always happy when I see that girls are encouraged to like stereotypical ‘boy’ things.

little Excavator

by Anna Dewdney

Children's Books - Little Excavator by anna Dewdney

You know the late Anna Dewdney from her popular Llama Llama series.  She is a wizard with rhyming and having great lessons in her fun stories.

In this one, Little E (as he is often referred to) is helping the big guys build a neighbourhood park.  He is so small compared to the loader or dump truck and must stay out of the way no matter how much he wants to help. However, the very last job requires a smaller vehicle and Little E is the perfect size!

What did we learn?

We learned that although you might be small (like George), you can be mighty with your determination and will.

Why I like it:

Dewdney writes rhyme and rhythm so easily that reading this book over and over again isn’t  chore.

Motor Goose

by Rebecca Colby and Jef Kaminsky

Children's Books - Motor Goose by Rebecca Colby

As the title suggests, this book contains Mother Goose nursery rhymes with a twist.  A vehicular twist.

Instead of Mistress Mary, Quite Contrary we have Mower Mary –  a lawnmower trimming the prairie field.  Or Bumpty Dumpty as a garbage truck that has spilled its contents to the cadence of Humpty Dumpty.

It’s pretty clever and I think we have to get a permanent copy for our library as it’s nice to turn to and read just a few every now and then.

What did we learn?

About all sorts of vehicles, from subs to airplanes, and what their roles are.

Why I like it

It’s a unique take on the classics and, as you can see my theme here, perfect for your vehicle loving child.

Hope you enjoy these picks! And as always,

Happy Reading,

Curious in Wonderland

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