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The Construction Crew

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  155 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
The construction gang is tearing down an old building and laying the foundation for a new home. Workers use all kinds of trucks and tools to get the job done. And just in time for a family to move in.
The alliterative text complete with shout-out language that young children will love is just right for preschoolers.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Dec 09, 2016 Hannah rated it liked it
Shelves: construction
Great book for learning the names of various construction vehicles!
Karen Burt
Jun 15, 2013 Karen Burt rated it liked it
This is a good book for pre-K or kindergarten. The pictures are very colorful and there are very few words on each page. Each page defines a term beginning with wrecking ball and ending with a home. I know the idea is to go through all the different stages of building. It did not make sense to me to tear something down to build a house, but that is the train of thought used in this book. Each page does have an easy definition of a word, with the word printed in a different color so it stands out ...more
The Library Lady
Feb 28, 2012 The Library Lady rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
If I had any money in my book budget right now I'd buy 2 more copies. Even with the sturdier book boards and stiffer paper, this one is going to get loved to death by little boys--and some little girls too.
Bright bold art, just enough text. Rhymes that work and formed in a question/answer form that will lead to shout outs and repeat readings.
In other words, a GREAT book to add to your shelves full of Margaret Mayo, Jonathan London, the McMullans and other current authors doing books of this ilk
Feb 16, 2013 Milo rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Milo by: Library book
"I love the wrecking ball."

I love construction right now. I love to play with large trucks. When we are driving, I ask Mama and Papa to slow down when we get near construction so that I can see the big machines working.

Mama likes this book because I am practicing the alphabet. This book has big lettered words. We can stop at each page and look at the letters and see how they make words that I am very interested in saying.
Fun rhyming. Bright, cheerful pictures. I like the asking of what is needed--kids would love to call out, especially if they pick up on the rhyming part. This would work in a preschool storytime as well as a lap-read. But I really don't like the ending. In my speech, "poem" and "home" do not rhyme. If I do this in storytime, I'd skip that part.
Mar 23, 2012 Jj rated it liked it
Nice bold + colorful illustrations, limited but fun (rhyming) text. I think this will be very popular with the toddler/preschool crowd who cannot get enough of the whole machines/things that go/construction sort of materials. I wish it were a bit larger trim size, but it is big enough to use successfully in a typical storytime setting.
Katie Fitzgerald
Read at Toddler Lap Time on 5/2/13:

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Great read-aloud book that allows the listener to guess and say what vehicle or tool is needed to help build a new house in a new neighborhood. Simple, brightly colored block illustrations accent the vehicle and tool.
Natasha North
Dec 23, 2011 Natasha North rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great for the construction and tool-obsessed toddlers and young preschoolers in your life. Large, bright pictures with diverse characters will carry well for storytimes. There are even a few welcome atypical plot elements for a toddler construction book.
Jun 09, 2015 Erin rated it really liked it
Goes through most of the big machines used in construction, one per page, in a fun, rhyming fashion.

Good for toddler or preschool storytimes.
Susan  Dunn
Great bright illustrations and a good choice for focusing on vocabulary. I will definitely use this the next time I do a "Construction" storytime.
Oct 27, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it
Recommended by a mom whose little boy loves trucks and construction. I'd like to try this with my younger story time group.
Oct 01, 2013 Miri rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens-books
I'm impressed that Meltzer was able to rhyme construction words so closely and in a way that didn't sound contrived. I bet this would be really fun for a preschool storytime.
Bright pictures, diverse characters, and a rhyming chant that begs to be screamed aloud! Tons of fun!
Monica Williams
Apr 21, 2014 Monica Williams rated it really liked it
For construction site fans-a winner! Nice big bold graphics, a diverse crew- multiple races represented and some women included too- very good for kids to see that. Simple, but effective.
Aug 20, 2013 Anna rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Features construction tools and machines working to build a house.

Each page is done in rhyme.

Part of the "Construction" theme at Library Story Hour, July 2013.

Read with Bryce and Sean.
Oct 24, 2014 Lisa rated it liked it
Definitely too young for the 5-year old I was reading with, but he enjoyed acting out each page and made me join him.
Sep 12, 2012 Alicia rated it really liked it
Bright illustrations, short rhyming text, construction vehicles and the story of a new home. Okay, the toy-like illustrations aren't my favorite, but it will be a HIT at storytime (2s/3s).
May 18, 2012 Vicki rated it it was amazing
If you have a child who loves trucks & construction equipment read them this book. Great pictures and simple text. I used this for Tiny Tots Class.
Feb 28, 2012 Janet rated it liked it
Various construction equipment is depicted in primary colors that is necessary to demolish a building and then to build a house in its place.
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