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Summary: A family decides to build something. Watch as they gather what they need and use the right tools for the right job. Great teamwork and family time. Pictures show the family building without giving away what the project is. This picture book offers lessons in working together, commitment, and accomplishment.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book, learning to read
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 5 to 8
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with 4-year-old girl.
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book, and we read it several times. She liked seeing the different tools and how they were used to make something special. She wanted to stop reading and go see the real tools in Daddy's garage.
Adult Reader Reaction: I liked how they described how the tools were being used was informative without being boring! It shows us that even little kids can help when grownups are using tools.
Pros: This is a good book for teaching young children about tools, tool safety, and doing things together as a family.
Borrow or Buy: Buy. Any child fascinated with tools or who has a parent that works with tools will enjoy this book. Have it in the library and in your personal library.
Educational Themes: Use this book to help kids (especially toddlers and preschoolers) understand tools better. You can also beef up the "tool safety" theme. Really bring the book alive by starting your own family project ... like the birdhouse in this story.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, science and technology