“ Board book: 7 pages / Publisher: Parragon Plus / Published: 1 Feb 2005 / Language: English „
For any child interested in diggers and large machinery, this is sure to be a hit.
The book itself is slightly rounded and dipped at the front to vaguely resemble some kind or large digger and moulds around the big digger picture on the front cover of the book. This big yellow digger will instantly appeal to children and suggests immediately what the book is about.
Since this is a board book, it is very sturdy and unlikely to be damaged, and when we start to read it, it is apparent that children will enjoy the pictures and bright colours.
Each page has a different coloured background with a large picture taking up all of the page. It begins with an explanation of a digger showing the bucket and explaining why it has sharp teeth, to dig up the soil. We are shown pictures of a crane and a truck before being shown a large picture of another, different coloured digger ( blue is time), and children can see that diggers don't have wheels but in fact have tracks which move round over the earth. After this, there are pictures of different machinery showing how diggers and other machinery work together and explaining how diggers can dig in small places and turn round and round before loading their goods onto trucks. It's all very cheery with the end of the book being a question asking if the digger would like to work on the building site and a statement that it would be a great help!
All of the pictures are bright and bold and show shiny clean building site machinery, so when looking through the book, even without reading the text, children can discuss the pictures.
It is suitable for children from the age of one year old, mainly because it is very sturdy, but given that it is a large book, it is definitely a read together book, as it is too big for small hands to hold alone.
The other book in the series is "my book of tractors" which I assume follows the same format.
Author: Moirai Butterfield
Diggers aren't really my thing but at work I teach a few children who really like these types of vehicles, and they live the book. It is bright and colourful with child speak text written in a large and easy to follow font. There isn't too much text on each page so rather than focusing on the words, we can work on descriptive language and because the text there is tends to be simple, even children who are just starting to read can have a go at reading.
The book isn't exactly waterproof, but because the pages are covered in a kind of very thin plastic then small bits of liquid on the pages aren't going to damage the book.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a child who likes diggers.
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