Bulldozer Helps Out
by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2017
Another Little Bulldozer book, this one with a heart-warming twist at the end.
Little Bulldozer watches the big equipment vehicles work at the construction site. He finally gets up his courage and tells the big vehicles that he can help. They all agree he’s too little, not rough and tough enough. But then they remember a small job he can do and Little Bulldozer proudly goes to his new job site. He nudges away at a pile. At the end of work, the big equipment vehicles look his way and saw that Little Bulldozer hadn’t done a single thing they’d asked! You’ll have to read this one to find out why, and why the big equipment vehicles were proud of Little Bulldozer. Lots of construction site action and a lot of love and caring shared among the vehicles.
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Sam and the Construction Site
by Tjibbe Veldkamp & Alice Hoogstad
Originally published in the Netherlands
An extra-large book featuring extra-large construction equipment, this astonishing story features Sam who loves watching workers at the construction site. Through a dare by bigger boys, Sam enters the site and runs to the steam roller like he’s on a mission. He crushes a car. Then he runs for the cement truck and pours cement; then he lifts a police car into the air. Has he gone mad? Not exactly, he’s stopping a crime in progress! An astute reader may see clues in the illustrations, or it may come as a total surprise at the end when Sam saves the day with his apparent ‘path of destruction.’
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By Lori Alexander, illustrated by Craig Cameron
In Backhoe Joe, Nolan finds a ‘stray’ backhoe and takes him home to be his new pet. His parents are a bit skeptical. Nolan tries to show he can train his pet to “Come!”, “Stay!”, and “Leave it!” But Backhoe Joe has a lot of energy and humorously makes messes—just like a real pet! Finally Nolan finds a way to teach Joe commands. Then Nolan sees a sign saying Joe is lost and if found, to call for a reward. Nolan struggles with wanting to keep the backhoe as a pet and knowing he should return it to its owners. He chooses to do the right thing. His reward is visiting Joe at his real worksite. And there’s a delightful twist at the end when Nolan gets his next pet.
Backhoe Joe is a perfect, heartfelt book for boys and girls who like trucks and construction things. The illustrations are friendly and give Backhoe Joe a personality that complements Nolan’s. The combined story and illustrations have the potential to become a classic. A fun book about a different kind of “pet”!
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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Chronicle Books, 2011
This book is perfect to quiet down rambunctious boys for sleep.
As the sun sets and the day comes to an end, the reader walks through what each piece of heavy equipment does at a construction site. As the machinery “gets sleepy” and begins to slow down and yawns, each machine is quietly ‘tucked in’ for sleep. Readers see big strong machinery snuggling up against soft dirt pillows. Readers who dream of working on heavy equipment at construction sites will love it.
The subject, rhyme and kid-friendly illustrations has turned this book into a best-seller.
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