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Join eight hardworking machines for a day at the building site. Don Carter combines the irresistible lure of heavy machinery with simple learning concepts and bright dimensional art -- as vivid and appealing as the toys in the toy box.
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Don Carter is the author of Get to Work Trucks, a New York Public Library "100 Best Books for Reading and Sharing" selection. He lives in West Hartford, Connecticut.
From sunup to sundown, the work of construction trucks is never done although there's always time to pause and save a curious turtle from getting pancaked in the process. That, in essence, is Carter's (Wake Up, House!) story, told in simple declarative sentences ("The loader lifts a big rock. The dump truck drops a pile of little rocks"). But this is no run-of-the-mill heavy equipment primer. The illustrations, which nearly burst from the page, are photographs of Carter's three-dimensional scenes, produced from foam board, plaster and lusciously thick acrylic paint that resembles the tinted buttercream of a birthday cake. That every spread looks like a toy-enacted scenario assembled by a young construction enthusiast should give the book plenty of appeal to any aspiring hard-hatter, but Carter also adds in a nice comic touch to each spread: cameo appearances by the rescued turtle. The reptile takes such a liking to the work that readers can spot him hitching rides on the trucks' scoopers and even riding a steel beam into the sky. Ages 2-5.
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Book Description Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0761315438
Book Description Roaring Brook Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110761315438