by Boni Ashburn
Illustrated by Sergio De Giorgi
A good friend came to visit the other week and brought this book as a gift for the kids. She was a kindergarten teacher for many, many years and has finely honed book-selection skills. It's been a huge hit since the first time we read it to The Bean.
The author took familiar Mother Goose nursery rhymes and changed the words to make them fit a construction site theme... and she did a really good job of it! The Bean is very into knowing the proper names of the various vehicles and what they do and this book includes that kind of information in a fun and easily accessible format. After a week (on high rotation) he's already starting to memorize many of the rhymes himself. He also really likes guessing what rhyme they've been adapted from.
The illustrations are cute, depicting all kinds of animals working on construction sites. They're bold and colourful and has enough detail to keep the toddler's interest while Mama or Mommy read the rhymes.
My only complaint is that it doesn't tell you which nursery rhyme was adapted, and there is one that I just can't figure out!! (Big Excavator, for those wondering.)
I'd definitely recommend this one to anyone with a kiddo who loves construction vehicles. Probably best suited for ages 2-4ish. :) (Paired with a little toy truck, I think it'd make an awesome birthday gift.)