Friday, July 27, 2012

Poetry Friday: Builder Goose: It’s Construction Rhyme Time!

I picked up Builder Goose:  It’s Construction Rhyme Time! a few weeks ago because it looked so darn adorable!  I finally had a chance to read it today.   I was right:  It is so darn adorable!  Boni Ashburn, of whom I am already a fan, has rewritten popular nursery rhymes and given each one a construction theme.   he book begins with “Here We Go ‘Round the Construction Site” where the precious animal characters “make the plans on a sunny Monday morning” and ends with “Twinkle, Twinkle, Wrecking Ball” which pictures a wrecking ball waiting for the next morning to knock down a wall.  The animals are clocking out and leaving the site.  In between, this entertaining anthology will delight young listeners with familiar tunes and trucks pouring concrete, fixing bridges, grading the soil, excavating the land, and much more.  Artist Sergio De Giorgi has created energetic illustrations, with lots of vivid colors and sweet expressions.  He uses the same group of animals throughout that include a pig, a duck, giraffe, dog, cat, and others.  I recommend Builder Goose:  It’s Construction Rhyme Time!  for youngsters ages 0-5.   

A couple selections below give readers a peek:

“The Itsy-Bitsy Skid Steer”
The itsy-bitsy skid steer
drove up the steep dirt hill,
stockpiled rock
with nimbleness and skill.
Up can the loader to haul it all away,
and the itsy-bitsy skid steer
kept working hard all day.

“Little Jackhammer”
Little jackhammer
gets all the glamour
of busting up worn-out concrete.
Gets rid of the old
(it’s hard work, I’m told!),
so  workers can pave the new street. 

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  1. Do you know Jon Scieszka (and others') Trucktown books? BUILDER GOOSE reminds me so much of TRUCKERY RHYMES! Very fun!!

  2. This book sounds great! I am definitely going to get this for my nephews!


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