Tuesday, July 25, 2017

PUSH! DIG! SCOOP!: A Construction Counting Rhyme by Rhonda Gowler Greene. Illus. by Daniel Kirk. New York: Bloomsbury, 2016. 32p. ISBN 978-080273506-5 hc. $16.99   E PIC   PreS-K

In the tradition of  "Over in the Meadow," Greene adapts this counting rhyme to machinery on a construction site.  From one bulldozer to ten steamrollers, readers follow the digging, dumping, lifting, and general construction of a school building, complete with paved parking lot.  Greene animates the machinery with descriptive text, while Kirk adds graphic illustrations to give each machine its own personality.  Over the years, many authors have devised creative ways to use the rhythm and rhyme of "Over in the Meadow," including another Michigan author, Boni Ashburn, who wrote "Over at the Castle" featuring medieval characters and a dragon. Read them both and any other adaptations you can find.
Lynette Suckow, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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