Construction Site Mission: Demolition!

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Truck team works hard to knock building down in fun tale.

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Educational Value

Shows all the tasks involved in tearing down a building and what happens to all the debris left behind, from stone and bricks to metal and pipe, and how teh rubble and materials are separated for trash, recycling, and reuse. Some construction vocabulary, including rebar. Identifies all the different kinds of trucks and what their functions are. 

Positive Messages

Strong messages about teamwork, everybody playing an important role in a big project. "Everybody does their share." When your workday is done, it's time to rest and sleep and dream so you can wake up refreshed for the work ahead.

Positive Role Models

All the trucks are hardworking and eager to do their part. There's some gender diversity, with strong female identities and pronouns attached to Flatbed and Little Skid Steer, 

Violence & Scariness

Crane sings a wrecking ball into a brick building and leaves a big hole in it. Excavator uses his bucket to repeatedly smash into the wall. The building finally comes crashing down and the whole team of trucks cheers. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Construction Site Mission: Demolition!, by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by AG Ford, is the fifth book in the Construction Site series that began with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. This time they're not building something, they're knocking down an old building -- and recycling the materials left after they smash it down. The trucks are happy to call it a day after their hard work is done, making this yet another satisfying bedtime read-aloud. It's full of positive messages about teamwork, and the only violence comes from Crane's wrecking ball, Excavator's bucket that helps knock down walls, Front End Loader bashing chunks to bits, and Little Skid Steer using her breaker bit to shatter rock.  

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What's the story?

The trucks from the beloved Construction Site series series are back with a new task to accomplish: CONSTRUCTION SITE MISSION; DEMOLITION! It's time to knock down an old building -- first with a wrecking ball on a crane truck -- "KA-BOOM! --and then with Excavator -- SMASH! Everybody on the male and female crew plays a part, including Little Skid Steer, who uses her breaker bit to shatter the remaining rubble left by the wrecking ball. "Now the crew worked as a team,/ to get the site all clear and clean." The debris is separated and recycled: "Now everything gets sifted through/ to be reused for something new." Finally it's time for the trucks to get some rest. "They'll dream about tomorrow, too/ the dirt and noise, the jobs they'll do, of friends and work and all that's right ... / Another day./ Now, goodnight." 

Is it any good?

This welcome addition to the Construction Site series is all about destruction rather than construction, but it shows the same purposeful, detailed teamwork and cheerful camaraderie. With catchy rhymes and lots of fun action sounds -- smash, mash, bashkaboom, etc.-- it's a great read-aloud. And its go-to-sleep-after-a hard-day's-work ending makes it a good choice for bedtime reading. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the job of knocking down a building in Construction Site Mission: Demolition! Did you know how much work it takes? Have you ever seen workers demolish a building? Would you like to now?  

  • Have you ever demolished something? A tower of Legos? A sandcastle on the beach? What's fun about it? 

  • What do you like about the Construction Site books? Is it fun to imagine all the trucks having different personalities like people do? How do their personalities match the different jobs they do? Who's your favorite character? Why?

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