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Little Excavator

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Fun, fast-paced construction story is truck lover's delight.

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This upbeat book featuring a crew of hardworking construction trucks plus one pint-sized but determined little excavator is a natural for young truck lovers. Little Excavator has an encouraging moral about hard work, persistence, and the special contributions of the young embedded in a story about beautifying a neglected and trash-filled vacant lot.

Author-illustrator Anna Dewdney is a master at rhyme, which is never as easy as it looks. She keeps her rhymes simple so the rhythms scan and roll easily off the tongue, while sprinkling them with lots of really fun, rumbly words for construction sounds -- for instance, "GrrrrrrRrarrrrrrm! goes the LOADER, lifting up the trash! Pusha-pusha smusha-smusha SMASH SMASH SMASH!" How fun is that! The book's a pleasure to read, allowing parents and kids alike to channel a host of inner -- and noisy -- construction trucks.

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