Sing Along Construction Song
Written by Louise Lintvelt
Illustrated by Julie Sneeden
Ages Pre-School to Kdg.
Author Louise Lintvelt and illustrator Julie Sneeden collaborated to create a charming book for preschoolers. The Sing Along Construction Song picture book introduces children to a world of construction, with vehicles that come alive through rhyme and song.
After a visual preview of the five construction vehicles in this book, each vehicle is highlighted as it starts its morning’s work:
Siren sounds at first light.
Work starts at the construction site.
Vehicles are introduced through simple rhyme on a full-page spread followed by a second page setting up its corresponding musical verse, sung to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush.” Once all vehicles are introduced, they appear together in a grand finale to demonstrate how they work together to get the job done. The rhymes are simple, yet they cleverly describe each vehicle.
Sneeden’s colorful drawings incorporate subtle human features into the vehicles to render them kid-friendly and appealing. She shows vehicles in action on the construction site, with rhyming text constrained by a small rectangle of construction dust. Then she draws a second page with vehicles and their musical verse. Quarter- and eighth-notes float across the page in colorful G-clef bars to cue the song.
The rhyming verse and song in the book make it easy for children to learn as they follow along and sing. The author also provides a downloadable mp3 sound recording of this catchy song, so you and your young reader will be singing along in no time. In addition to learning about construction vehicles, the book also conveys a subtle message about of the importance of working together and cooperating.
I highly recommend this cute, imaginative book for children who are preschoolers through kindergarten age. "Sing Along Construction Song" would be attractive to boys, especially those who are reluctant readers. However, the catchy tune will appeal to everyone. But be warned: you will not be able to get this ditty out of your head once you and your young reader hear it!
I was provided with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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