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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows the jobs each truck do, and how the gifts they get will help them do their jobs better.
Implied message that working hard is a good thing, and everyone needs to rest after a long, busy day. Meeting deadlines matters: "This important work can't wait;/ they'll get it done and make it great." "All grateful for this special day,/ and helpful friends at work and play,/ for all that's given and received,/ and all that's blessed this Christmas Eve ..."
Positive Role Models
All the trucks are hardworking, kind, thoughtful, and generous. The unseen crew generously select perfect gifts for each truck to show their appreciation for the special jobs each truck does.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Construction Site on Christmas Night is by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site) and illustrated by AG Ford. It's Christmas Eve and the trucks and construction vehicles are busy working on a project ultimately revealed to be a fire station, where the fire trucks go to sleep at night. As they finish their shift, the trucks each find gifts perfectly suited to their jobs, left for them by the unseen construction crew with thank you tags attached. Themes of hard work and gratitude fit seamlessly in this charming holiday tale.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet bedtime read in the popular Construction Site series gets a holiday twist, and a new illustrator captures the look and feel of the two previous books. The rhymes are clever, well-crafted and fun to read out loud, and the themes of hard work and gratitude are gentle and fun. Busy yellow-hued daytime scenes contrast with quiet dark blue night scenes flecked with snow, conveying each truck's workday capped off by welcome slumber. It's a delight for truck lovers, holiday fans, and kids who enjoy some rhythmic verse as they nod off to dreamland.
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