Mighty, Mighty Construction Site

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Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media
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Cheerful trucks show teamwork at its best.

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Educational Value

Explains the unique jobs performed by an assortment of construction vehicles and demonstrates how different trucks work together. Also shows trucks going through morning routine not unlike a child's, including washing, fueling up, and gathering what they need for the day.

Positive Messages

There's joy and pride to be had in working hard and doing well. When a task appears to be more than you can handle, ask for help. Working together can help a project go more smoothly -- and makes it more fun.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The trucks greet their work enthusiastically. They don't hesitate to call in helpers when they realize how big the job is. The cooperative trucks work together, sometimes anticipating each other's needs. The trucks are proud of their achievement.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mighty, Mighty Construction Site features the same hardworking trucks that starred in Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichthenheld's popular Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site -- and this time, they invite friends to help. Rhyming text introduces each truck and shows how it works with the rest of the crew to prepare a site and frame a new building.

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What's the story?

As the day dawns, five trucks rouse to start a new day and a new project in MIGHTY, MIGHTY CONSTRUCTION SITE. The job is more than they can handle, so the crew sends out a call for help. A parade of trucks rushes in and gets busy clearing land, digging trenches, laying pipes, setting beams in place, hauling away gravel, and pouring concrete. As the sun drops in the sky, the crew takes pride in their word and settles down for much-deserved rest.

Is it any good?

Kids who love vehicles will delight in this vibrant sequel spotlighting each truck's contribution to a team effort to construct an impressive building. The rhyming text by Sherri Duskey Rinker (Steam Train, Dream Train) makes Mighty, Mighty Construction Site fun to read aloud. Illustrator Tom Lichthenheld (This Is a Moose) uses beautifully hued oil pastels to bring the trucks to life, speeding to work and rumbling through the job site.

The story is a solid introduction to the work done by different types of trucks, but it really shines as it demonstrates the satisfaction of working together on a challenging project. Refreshingly, two of the rugged trucks are identified as female (a flatbed truck carrying a 50-ton load and a skid steer breaking up rocks).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the ways the trucks in Mighty, Mighty Construction Site work together in small and large teams. What would happen if one of the trucks wasn't there to help?

  • When do you ask for help? Who helps you?

  • Talk about the ways trucks work together in small and large teams. Look for these trucks at work when you're out for a walk or a drive. If you seen an unfamiliar truck, try to figure out what kind of job it might do.

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