Friday, March 03, 2017

Back on the Job : Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherry Duskey Rinker

Down in the big construction site,
Five trucks wake to morning light.

Little Power Shovel seems to be giving a lift to the rising sun, as the usual suspects--Dump Truck, 'Dozer, Cement Mixer, and little Excavator--feel their diesels beginning to rev up and rumble. It's time to get up and get on the job.

After all, they're professionals.

But at the new construction site, when the blueprint for the new job is unrolled, the gang of five's headlights blink with surprise.

They stare in awe--the biggest thing they ever saw.

The little crew realizes that, as good as they are, they are going to have to have some help on this new construction site.

Cement Mixer hits his horn with a loud, long blast.

Mighty trucks all heard the call.
They started up in no time at all.

Out on the road they drive, full steam.
They rush right in to join the team.

And soon the new guys--Skid Steer, Backhoe, Flatbed, Front Loader, and Pumper--are working away, already members of the new crew. Together they're movers and shakers, and as the sun sinks lower, warming the scene with its red-gold light, they take pride in how much they've accomplished together.

Cooperation got it done.
Teamwork made it fast and fun.

In her brand-new companion book to her perpetual best-seller, Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site (read review here) Sherry Duskey Rinker has another hard-hat hit in her Mighty, Mighty Construction Site (Chronicle Books, 2017), illustrated with gloriously lighted scenes and hardware humor by major artist Tom Lichtenheld.

Rinker and Lichtenheld are themselves exemplars of teamwork, with Rinker's romping rhymes melding well with Lichtenheld's charmingly anthropomorphic big machines with personality plus, doing whatever it takes to get the job done. This new one is perfect for young gearheads who delight in dump trucks and mighty diggers and a delight to the eye with the Lichtenheld's flowing spreads done up in the colors of raw earth. Says School Library Journal, "Filled with vibrant illustrations and rich vocabulary, this rhyming tale is sure to make readers grin as brightly as the smiling vehicles in the book!"



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