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Road Builders Reprint Edition
Contributor(s): Hennessy, B. G., Taback, Simms (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0140542760     ISBN-13: 9780140542769
Publisher: Puffin
    OUR PRICE: $9.60  
Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: September 1996
Annotation: Shows the many kinds of trucks needed to build a road, including cement mixers, dump trucks, bulldozers, front loaders, cranes, backhoes, graders, rollers, and stripers.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Road machinery; Juvenile literature.
Roads; Design and construction; Juvenile literature.
Roads; Design and construction.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Careers
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Transportation
Dewey: 625.7
LCCN: BL2003016137
Academic/Grade Level: Toddlers, Ages 2-4
Series: Picture Puffins
Book type: Easy Non Fiction
Physical Information: 10.50" H x 8.50" W x 0.25" (0.35 lbs)
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q33369
Reading Level: 1.9   Interest Level: Grades K-2   Point Value: 1.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Contributor Bio(s): B.G. Hennessy grew up in Wantagh on Long Island, NY. At the University of Wisconsin in Madison, she majored in fine art and learned how to design, print and bind handmade books. She also took courses in Children’s Literature. The combination of form and content in the picture book format fascinated her and after graduation she headed for NYC where she worked for 17 years in children’s book publishing as a designer and art director. She is the author of Road Builders and The First Night, as well as many books starring Corduroy, the loveable toy bear created by Don Freeman. She now lives with her family in Arizona.

Simms Taback (1932 - 2011) grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Cooper Union. He worked as an art director and a graphic designer and has taught at the School of Visual Arts and Syracuse University. He illustrated many children’s books, including I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlySpacy RiddlesSnakey RiddlesBuggy Riddles, and Fishy Riddles (all written by Katy Hall and Lisa Eisenberg, Dial). His work has won many awards, including the Caldecott Medal for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and the Caldecott Honor for I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
Cheerful color illustrations depict the various trucks used to build a road, including cement mixers, bulldozers, and backhoes. The simple text, which names each vehicle and describes its function, unfortunatley is lackluster. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 June #3)
This soup-to-nuts explanation of how roads are constructed begins in an empty field and ends on a busy freeway, and it offers just the right amount of information for its intended audience. Readers watch as members of a road crew bulldoze, dig, dump, grade, pave, roll, paint, mark and light a new roadway--and then drive off into the sunset to their next job. Bolstered by Hennessy's ( Jake Baked the Cake ) concise text, Taback's ( On Our Way to the Forest! ) bold, attention-grabbing colors and oversized, up-close-and-personal illustrations are action-packed and will thrill young truck-lovers everywhere. It's a splendid introduction to a world that many children find riveting. Ages 2-7. Children's BOMC main selection. (Aug.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1994 September)
PreS-Gr 2-Large busy pictures and a simple declarative text introduce children to the process of building a road. The focus is on the vehicles involved, depicting them all together and then individually or in pairs as the project unfolds. Taback's cartoon illustrations show the multiethnic crew at work and a flatbed truck carrying them to the next job when the highway is completed. This book is a good choice for both beginning readers and preschool construction buffs. It is simpler than Gail Gibbons's New Road! (Crowell, 1983) and the drawings are larger and more detailed. Some of the same equipment is described in Ken Robbins's Power Machines (Holt, 1993), but that book doesn't show the building process.- Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, NJ Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.