Susanna Leonard Hill has a feature on her blog called Perfect Picture Book Friday. It is a list of “perfect” picture books recommended by all sorts of people. I chose this book because it is a sweet story about teamwork and who doesn’t like construction trucks?!
Mighty, Mighty Construction Site
Written by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
40 pages – ages 5+
Will be Published by Chronicle Books on February 14, 2017
Opening and Synopsis- Opening: “Down in the big construction site,
five trucks wake to morning light,
It’s time to S-T-R-E-T-C-H, roll out of bed,
and gear up for the day ahead!”
Synopsis from Publisher: “At last—here from the team behind the beloved international bestseller comes a companion to Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. All of our favorite trucks are back on the construction site—this time with a focus on team-building, friendship, and working together to make a big task seem small! Down in the big construction site, the crew faces their biggest job yet, and will need the help of new construction friends to get it done. Working as a team, there’s nothing they can’t do! The millions of fans of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site are in for a mighty good time!”
What I Thought- Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site was fabulous and this sequel was no disappointment! Mighty, Mighty Construction Site is told in a rhyme that is gentle and playful. Lichtenheld’s illustrations pair perfectly with the rhyming, reflecting the warmth conveyed. The story shows the importance of working together, because then you get the job done. The story is especially sweet because it doesn’t have the negative aspect, just the original group knows when to ask for help, and they do so. The illustrations are all pleasant, and give you a very warm feeling inside when you look at them.
Not only that, but Lichtenheld elaborates on the text with his illustrations, and adds in his own personal touch. It is truly a great collaboration.
Activities and Resources- There is a great list of things to build teamwork skills with kids from Online.Brescia.edu HERE.
KidsSoup.Com has a whole slew of construction crafts, games and activities – click HERE!
Check out the book’s trailer!
To find more Perfect Picture Books please visit Susanna Hill’s blog HERE!