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The Village Garage

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  112 ratings  ·  33 reviews

Through the year and no matter the weather, workers at the Village Garage are always busy. With the help of their trusty trucks, they clean the streets of sticks and leaves in the spring; patch potholes in preparation for summer traffic; pick up the leaves in the fall; and spray the roads with sand and salt during winter. Young truck enthusiasts will love watching the gar

Hardcover, 32 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
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Christy Stewart
Getting the book "Heather Has Two Mommies" for a child with gay parents is like unto getting this book for a rural child who has a father in construction.

Their culture is strange to most people and the children need to be taught that from a young age.
Follow the activities of the workers from the village garage as the seasons change. In spring, the workers are cleaning up sticks, creating mulch, and washing the trucks. In summer, they are fixing the roads, picking up garbage, and mowing the grass. They even deal with the effects of a summer thunderstorm that takes out a bridge. In autumn, they suck up the leaves. In winter, work is slower until the snow starts and then they wish for spring to come again. The book mixes the interesting tools a ...more
I enjoy this book talking about all the seasons. This is awesome way to demostrate the children regarding what you can do in different seasons. The Village Garage were busy all year all. The author G. Brian Karas, kept the story interesting as well the illustration is a picture-book for the children can follow with the sentence. It describe all the community workers to help the community to keep it clean and safe. This is a great book for pre-kindgarten and older to follow up as a show and tell ...more
Boys in community eat books like this up!! The title could be confusing. I live in the Western United States and a Village is something in England..but I do know in the Eastern United States some small towns are called Villages. This was little confusing for me, but all the "boy" stuff, street sweepers, snow plows etc is a great hit. The pictures are great, the explanations are good, and there is some subtle humor in it all! Fun!!
The Library Lady
The title will make readers think this is a "Car Talk" sort of garage, but what it really is a small city maintenance/public works garage where the staff cares for the town's roads year round. Snowplows in winter, chipper/shredders in the spring, road resurfacers in the spring, children are treated to seeing a wide variety of work trucks. Not for toddlers, but preschoolers will enjoy seeing these working wheels and those of you who whine about where your tax dollars go will see some of them in a ...more
A wonderful truck book with a different kind of concept--for me at least. I like that it follows the company throughout the year and shows many different things that this company of trucks can help with. I think this will be an excellent preschool choice, considering its length might be a bit too long for toddlers. Though this would be a great lap-read with a toddler--especially one who loves trucks!

11/26/11 I'm sure I've read this in a preschool storytime! I just can't remember when. It had to
Kathy Ellen Davis
I'd say this book is non-fictionish because it depicts what goes on at the Village Garage all year.
There's plenty of machines, and jobs to do, and weather to deal with!

I love that you get to see how the work changes throughout the year.
The illustrations are awesome (as always with G. Brian Karas)
and there's more storylines drawn into each picture.

A great book for children who love construction and outdoor work and wonder about all the things that those big machines (and the people who drive them
Truck and machine loving little boys (don't mean to be sexist but that is who asks for these type books) will eat this one up. Nicely done, not your usual truck/machine book - this one is in the year of a village garage and how they must gather up leaves and snow, paint lines in the row, address flood emergencies etc. with a variety of trucks and machines doing the jobs. Humor throughout and approachable art - will put this on the purchase list pronto for HCL.
Nov 20, 2012 Jess rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Watch the village garage crew complete their various jobs in each season.

Enjoyable & informative, albeit a little long for a story that's kind of perfect for K. That's OK though, 1st & 2nd grade will entirely dig it. Good for units on jobs/public helpers, construction and truck fans, seasons, etc.

Love the illustrations - bright, clean, and big enough for story times.

Bonus points for all the fun sound you get to make while reading!
Jess Brown
This book explores what happens in the village garage (basically the department of public works) by going through each season and covering processes like road repair, downed power lines, and leaf clean up. Probably very interesting to children who are curious about these processes or have seen some of the public works employees hard at work! Best for preschool to early-elementary kids.
I love picture books like this: a slice of life with an interesting character or two and zero plot. This is perfect for my kids right now who love the idea of "workers" and machines and fixing stuff. Bonus that this is based on a "village garage" in Rhinebeck, NY, an area of upstate NY that I love.
Claudia  Fett
Village Garage explains how the workers in a city garage take care of the necessary city work throughout the four seasons (making mulch, paving roads, repairing bridges, painting street lines, picking up leaves and clearing the streets of snow. Excellent book for grade K-1 studying careers.
This book is a good addition to our collection, because it is so many things. It is a season book, a book about big machines, a book about communities, and a good picture book. Too bad it can't be four copies of itself so it can last long enough for people to enjoy it for all of these reasons.
Experience the seasons with the crew of the village garage and discover what work trucks to throughout the year.

Great text! Illustrations were sketchy and fun. The one exception was the night-time fireworks spread which was just a murky mess.
Diana Hanke
A good book for boys, this one tells the story of the seasons as the relate to the village garage. It features the machinery important to keeping society moving. Spring, summer, fall, and winter clean-up projects are featured.
A village garage (the county engineer kind, not fix-the-car type) and employees are shown through each season. Children who are interested in behind the scenes details about how things work will enjoy this title.
Great book; novel concept. The four seasons are expressed via the tools, trucks, and tasks required of a local town maintenance crew. All tool and truck lovers will really enjoy this book. Fun illustrations, too.
Mama Adventure
Cute book about the jobs the Village Garage takes care of through all 4 seasons. My son loves cars and trucks and things that move so he obviously loved this. Also nice printing job and great illustrations.
Great story about the people who work in the village garage and what they do year-round (cleaning up leaves, plowing snow, etc.). Plenty of trucks and machines for kids who love to read about vehicles!
W really liked it. It takes you through the four seasons with an outdoor work crew and all of their responsibilities - snow plowing, cleaning up debris from winter storms, repairing pot holes...
Kate Hastings
Jun 19, 2010 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Preschool-K; community helpers
Who does yard work, sells mulch, mends roads, picks up garbage, rakes leaves, fixes leaky pipes? The neighborhood fix-it shop, of course! Preschool-K.
Allison Parker
Seasons are discussed in a new light as the village garage works on the year's various challenges: leaves, snow, and road repair.

Throughout the seasons the workers at the Village Garage are busy taking care of the town and its residents.
Lots of work on the land, road and repair is done throughout the year with the help of the vehicles from the garage.
This book takes you through the seasons by following the work of those in the Village garage.
Emmeline Guest
An excellent pick for truck loving boys and girls who are interested in the seasons.
The workers at the village garage are described in all seasons, throughout the year.
Dec 30, 2010 Terrah rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: cora
What I imagine as a perfect 'boy' book, but Cora liked it too!
Edward Sullivan
It takes some dedicated workers to maintain a village.
No Seals on the Bus, but boys who like trucks will like.
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G. Brian Karas has illustrated close to ninety children’s books. He has also written and illustrated several titles, including HOME ON THE BAYOU, a BOSTON-GLOBE-HORN Book Honor winner. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.
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