Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Construction Site on Christmas Night, written by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by AG Ford. Chronicle Books, Raincoast. 2018. $22.99 ages 3 and up
concrete to pour:
He lays the foundation,
walls and floor.
And then he churns
that will be used
to make a road.
He twirls, he spins ... "
For fans of the Construction Site gang, here's a special Christmas gift. As she did in Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and then again in Mighty, Mighty Construction Site, Sherri Rinker introduces each one of the construction team workers. They have a job to do, and their deadline is Christmas night. It's the last important work for the year.
They are building a 'special house' and their hard work is essential. No need to fear their work ethic. They will do their best as they cooperate to get the work done, and on time. Bulldozer's work must be completed before any other work can start. Done in quick time, he turns to find a spectacular 'thank you' gift left for him. Excavator is next to complete his part. Surprise! Another perfect gift with a thank you card from the crew. Next up ... Cement Mixer, and then Dump Truck, who has seen better days.
"An icy wind blows in his face,
but Dump Truck revs to keep the pace.
His back is sore, his tires are shot,
but Dump Truck gives it all he's got ...
and soon, there's nothing left to haul.
He slows his engine to a crawl."
He, too, receives a personal gift. Crane Truck is the final worker; his hard work completes the task. Now, readers will discover why the work was so important. I will leave it to you to find out how truly important for the community it is.
Expressive artwork from the gifted AG Ford will give young readers great pleasure. He fills his spreads with a crew of happy vehicles whose hustle and bustle assures their work meets expectations. The gifts they receive will bring warm smiles, and the soft snowfall at the end of the day emphasizes Merry Christmas wishes.