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The Construction Alphabet Book Review by Lisa Kjeldgaard

By Jerry Pallotta
Charlesbridge Publishing

As the mom of six sons, I've read a fair share of "tractor books" through the years. The hands-down favorite was one that actually had a tractor steering wheel on the book. But the horn died a few years ago, the pages begin to tear, and we finally retired the book amidst real tears hitting the garbage can. Jerry Pallotta's newest book, The Construction Alphabet Book, was just what we needed to pull us from our grief!

With gorgeous illustrations by Rob Bolster, The Construction Alphabet Book follows the style of Jerry Pallotta's other alphabet books, guiding us through all 26 letters of the alphabet with a construction vehicle or other equipment piece to represent each letter.

Jerry's writing about each piece of equipment is interesting and engaging. These are no simple preschool rhyming sentences but instead real information about the subject matter using accurate terms and an extensive vocabulary. As I was reading this to my 4-year-old, I thought that perhaps telling him "Laser is an acronym for Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation" might be a little over his head. But he just nodded, grinned, and tried to repeat it. Thanks, Jerry, for reminding me that little guys can handle big words! Of course, this also means that even though this is an alphabet book, it is by no means only for young children trying to learn their letters. My older nephew is a construction equipment expert, but I know there is information in this book even he hasn't read anywhere else!

Signed copies of Mr. Pellotta's books are available on his website: $6.95 for a paperback and $14.95 for a hardcover (tax and shipping included). If you have a construction fanatic living in your home, this book is sure to be well loved.

Product review by Lisa Kjeldgaard, MS, The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, LLC, February 2007