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Monday, August 22
Busy Builders, Busy Week
Written by Jean Reidy, illustrated by Leo Timmers
My rating: ★★★★
Date of publication: June 14, 2016
Age: 3 - 6 years
Format: received from published for review
Themes: days of the week, construction, play, animals, rhymes
"Sunday! Dream day!
Study, scribble, scheme day.
Map, measure, plan a treasure.
Gather up a team day!
A big project is under way in the neighborhood! And it's going to take lots of teamwork—and fun construction vehicles—to complete it quickly. What could all that digging, dumping, and bulldozing create? Find out, all while learning the days of the week!"
You know what I love? Subtly educational books that are so fun, you don't even realize you're learning. Which is what I love about this book. Like The Very Hungry Caterpillar, this book takes the reader through the days of the week while still telling an engaging story. I particularly enjoyed the "guessing game" aspect—just what exactly are they building??
And the rhyming is WONDERFUL. I mean, see the example at the top of this review? The whole book is like that. Such great rhythm. My lack of fifth star, though, has to do with the pacing. Each day of the week gets a similar four-line poem, but some are illustrated over a single spread, while others go across several pages, breaking up the poem. While I love the extra illustrations, this did mix up the pacing a bit. Oh, and the illustrations, by the way, are a great addition; they're colorful, vivid, and add just a touch of humor and fun.
Overall, hugely recommended. Perfect for storytime or reading aloud, because the rhymes are just so fun to say. Great for kids who love construction and play. Plus, there's the whole subtle learning aspect! See? It's just so great. Give it a try.
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Stick around until tomorrow, when I'll post an interview with the author and a giveaway!
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