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THE TOOLBOX

Author: Anne and Harlow Rockwell

Illustrator: Anne and Harlow Rockwell

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Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Company, ©2006

Material: board book

Summary: Each page presents a tool that you would find in a toolbox, and a simple explanation of how its used. Learn about a saw, a screwdriver and a wrench to name a few. This board book explores the basic tools you use around the house.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 1 to 4; read yourself: 5 to 8

Interest Level: 1 to 5

Age of Child: Read with a 2-year-old boy.

Young Reader Reaction: I picked this book because my son has been watching his dad work with a hammer this week. When we read it, he carefully looked at each picture of the tool and moved his hand in the motions he would have to do to use the tools. He learned the names of the tools and saw the words that described the tools. You can say "hammer" now and he knows which page to go to.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked the book and the simple presentation. It had bright easy to interpret pictures.

Pros: This is a fun book to share with children who are interested in or just discovering tools.

Cons: Some of the tools could have been more modern. The ruler that measures is one of those folding ones from the 1970s.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This book is a fun introduction to tools, but it isn't really a story.

If You Liked This Book, Try: SEYMOUR SIMON'S BOOK OF TRUCKS   I LOVE TOOLS!   IN THE KITCHEN (Learning Center Emergent Reader Series)

Educational Themes: Use this to teach young kids about tools and how they work. It's an opportunity for dad to read and bond with his kids, and also a chance to talk about safety.

Literary Categories: Nonfiction - picture book, tools

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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