If I Built a Car (If I Built ...)
If I built a car, it'd be totally new!
Here are a few of the things that I'd do. . . .
Young Jack is giving an eye-opening tour of the car he'd like to build. There's a snack bar, a pool, and even a robot named Robert to act as chauffeur. With Jack's soaring imagination in the driver's seat, we're deep-sea diving one minute and flying high above traffic the next in this wh
-Simply put, kids will like this book. I think boys will especially like it, but I can see a lot of girls loving it too. If I u ...more
As a parent I appreciate the authors frequent use of multisyllabic words. I have often found that my son is full of questions when we finish books by this author. Sometimes we close the book and get right on the internet to look up some of the things described in the book. Catamarans for instance.
Van Dusen manag ...more
• Grades K-3
• This would be a great book to have students design their own car. First they can draw a blue print then they can built their car out of materials provided by the teacher.
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Suited for grades 2nd through 5th.
Young Jack has designed the ultimate fantasy car, inspired by trains, planes, and old Cadillacs. Pack full of amenties such as a snack bar, a pool and a fireplace and upgrades with shiny chrome, this futuristic car is out of this world. It even comes complete with a driver ...more
Pre-Reading Strategy: This book has some complex vocabulary in it that I would want to preview with students before we read. I would use an open word sort, asking students organize the words into groups based on how they think they're related. After students have grouped their words, ask them to share their groupings as a class and their guess about what the book will be about. After each group guesses work through defining any words that remain unknown together. T ...more
Award: E.B. White Read Aloud
Interest Level: K-2
Jack explains to his dad what type of care he would build if he had the chance. Jack's imagination creates a "spectacular" car.
This is a great book to read aloud to students. The pictrues are very bright and colorful. It's a good example of what we could do with our imaginations. After reading this book in the classroom, you could have students design their own car. The students will have fun with this activity.
Recommended for grades KG - 2. Great book for read aloud and class discussions on creativity inspiring invention.
In this book Jack gives a tour of his dream car that he would build. There are man enjoyable things about this car that children would love. But then it comes back to reality, and he's sitting in the back of his dad's car.
Chris Van Dusen used the media of print to illustrate this book.
This book would support kids to have an imagination. I enjoyed this book as an adult and I can imagine how much children would en ...more
Chris Van Dusen's Circus Ship, so I know that the kids like this author's style.
If I Built a Car was colorful, creative, and fun to read. My niece and nephew were both impressed with the fantasy car presented in this book, but I am worried. My nephew asked me if I could build a car like that in the story for him. Hm. I'm afraid that's beyond my current skill set, but I'm flattered that he'd ask.
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The illustrations are whimsical and fun to look at. Plus Chris Van Dusen is a rhyming genius. The story smoothly flows and rhymes throughout the entire book and the text does not suffer from it.
The first time we finished reading this book, my then four year old ...more
Appeal- The book does a great job with rhyming and the sentences flow well together. The thing that is great about this book is the kid’s uses his imagination to show how he would build a car. He’s ideas are fun and exciting which will keep students engaged in the story.
Application-This book would be great to read you ...more
If I Built a House by Chris Van Dusen is coming out soon so I decided to reread this book before reading the new one. It's just as much fun as the first time I read it several years ago. The main difference this time was that I got to share it with my three year male cousin who was immediately inspired to build a new Lego car. I love that the illustrations have reflections in the chrome accents of the car and lots of details to discover during subsequent readings.
Recently I read "If I Built a Car" and "If I Built a House" for story time with children ages 3 to 5. Both where a big hit. The kids loved it. Several of them wanted to borrow it right away, creating a waiting list.
The rich text and bold, bright pictures are seamlessly paired together. Van Dusen's pictures enhance his text and the kids could not wait to see/hear what the boy in the story would dream up next. ...more