Push! Dig! Scoop!
Rhonda Gowler Greene
32pp., pbk., RRP $A9.99
Over by the dirt pile all the heavy machinery is lined up ready for another hard days’ work on the construction site. Bulldozers, diggers, loaders, graders – they are all there in this charming counting rhyme that will hold appeal for preschoolers. Using onomatopoeia and lots of movement, little ones will be encouraged to join in as the machines work and don’t stop till night falls and it is time to rest. They will love counting each of the baby machines and anticipating how many there will be next.
Each machine has a mama or papa surrounded by all the little ones learning what to do, a pictorial metaphor for our own little ones as they, too, are dependent on their parents as role models. “Children learn what they live” is so well demonstrated! Readers will enjoy thinking about the job each machine does and how they all have a special task to do while they work together to get the job done. They can examine the specialist role of each machine and how it is specially designed for its role and perhaps start laying the foundations of an engineering interest.
Bright, colourful and charming, this will fit very well in the Santa sack!