Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Ones Learn to Count with the Trucks

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Young Ones Learn to Count with the Trucks

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Byline: Brandy Hilboldt Allport


Author: Rhonda Gowler Greene

Illustrator: Daniel Kirk

Data: Bloomsbury, $16.99; ages 4 to 6.

At the construction site, parent trucks show their young ones how to build. While they are imparting knowledge and skills, you and your youngest reader can listen and practice counting to 10.

Over by the dirt pile in the sizzling summer sun works a mama bulldozer with her little dozer one.

"Push" says the mama. "I push!" says the one. So they push oosh oosh in the sizzling summer sun.

Over by the dirt pile - what a tough and burly crew - works a papa excavator with his excavators two.

"Dig!" says the papa. "We dig!" say the two. So they dig schlup schlup. What a tough and burly crew!

With a simple premise, engaging illustrations and a mission to teach counting one to 10, this is an example of the picture book genre at its rhyming best. Count along as the machines scoop, smash and spin at the site. Slightly older readers who are fascinated by machinery will love learning the exact names for all the big "trucks" they see on the pages. Examples include wheel loaders, pipe layers, cranes and graders as well as the more familiar cement mixers and dump trucks.

Not only is this book a must-have for fans of titles such as "Where Do Diggers Sleep at Night" and "Digger, Dozer, Dumper," it's a good goodnight story. Listen:

Soon it's time to snooze. They scrubble up, then snuggle in. All listen to truck lullabies as lights blink-wink and dim. The moon glows cozy-bright as they whisper, "Nighty-night." Then they dream about tomorrow at the big construction site. Shhh...

Good pictures. Good lessons. Good words. Good book. Good choice. Enjoy.


More machine fun: The best-selling Otis the Tractor series by Loren Long is a favorite with the picture-book set, and for good reason. With likable characters and believable plots, the farm on which Otis lives is a charming place to visit in the pages of a book. …

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