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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Shows and names all sorts of gear that Kid McGear uses to rescue two other trucks. Shows functions of the other trucks, as well. Shows how effective teamwork can be.
Everyone can help, even if you're smaller and younger than others -- or a girl. Even if folks think you're too small or inexperienced to help, you can still offer help and maybe you'll get to show them your skill. You can accomplish great things if you work as a team Everyone on a team or a crew has something special to offer.
Positive Role Models
Kid McGear is enthusiastic, helpful, fearless, a good problem solver, and she doesn't give up when the crew leaves her behind. She's able to break through on a crew that, before her, was dominated by guys. A great role model for girls. The boy trucks come around after they see how much she has to offer and welcome her as a full-fledged member of the crew.
Violence & Scariness
Some peril after two trucks slide down a slippery, muddy hillside and need to be rescued.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sheri Duskey Rinker's Three Cheers for Kid McGear!, illustrated by AG Ford, is another book in the construction truck series that began with Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site. The big news is that this outing features the first-ever female character, Kid McGear, a skid steer truck, as the hero. She's small but mighty and loaded with gear that comes in handy in a literal cliffhanger. Well, a hillside slide, anyway: There's some peril when two trucks slide down a slippery, muddy hillside and need to be rescued.
Is It Any Good?
This empowering story of a little kid saving older, more experienced crew members, is full of excitement, suspense, and positive messages about teamwork, bravery, and problem solving. It's a refreshing example of a girl breaking into a previously all-male workplace. And Ford's glorious art in red, yellow, and orange earth tones gives a warm glow to this long, dramatic day from sun up to sunset.
Three cheers for Three Cheers for Kid McGear! -- a triumph of girl power and gear power. It shows what you can accomplish when you have the right tools -- and the right girl -- to get the job done.
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