"Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site", A Great Book To Add To Any Bedtime Routine
"If I read a story and I relate to it, if it lingers in my imagination, then it's a great book." -Peter Brown
I love to read. I have since I can remember and now being a mom, I get to share my love of reading with my children. Like many other parents, I use bedtime as a way to share stories and books. Raising a son and daughter means we have read a wide variety of stories over the years from Barbie dolls and princesses to trucks and baseball books. I recently bought a new bedtime story for my son and it is one guaranteed to delight and entrance the hardest of critics.
What makes a good book?
Working with children as a pre-school teacher, I have read thousands of children's books over the years. I love children's books that have a rhythm and cadence to them, the stories should be told simply and with amazing pictures, and should hold the child's attention. While I have my opinions about what makes a good book, I concede that I am not an expert in the traditional sense. I have never worked in publishing or worked as an editor. Richard Robinson, President and CEO of Scholastic, Inc, would be considered an expert in the field of children's books. He states that a good book contains four elements which are discussed below. I will show you why "Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Sight" by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenfeld is one of those books. In a market filled with cuddly, cheesy animals with sappy story lines, this book stands above the rest and deserves 5 stars.
"A good book contains a simple and original idea presented with clarity and great power."
This book very clearly meets this standard. The vocabulary is age appropriate and the story line is simple. The authors take us through five different trucks found at construction sites. After explaining their jobs, they snuggle up and go to sleep at the site. Each truck goes to sleep with the same phrase, "Shh...goodnight, (insert truck name), goodnight." This also allows the children to participate as they hear and repeat the same phrase each time. This is a great early literacy skill.
"A good book is one that connects with the reader, asserting its world directly into the reader's mind."
The illustrator has done a good job with the use of pictures. It allows the children to be transported to the construction site and see what that world looks like. The trucks look almost life like with the human like faces and are easy to connect with.
"A good book is one written with humor and a light touch."
"Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site" is the perfect example of a book written with humor and a light touch. The authors write using rhyming words that make reading this delightful story easy and fun. The trucks contain human like characteristics like a work ethic, fatigue, and the ability to dream. These are obviously not to be taken seriously and add an element of humor and lightness to the book.
"A good book is one that is a realization of a complete but different world."
The authors take us on a journey through the day in the world of a construction site. They describe the jobs of each truck equipment very thouroghly. We, the reader, are transported to the world in which they live. The pictures give a very complete visual on what the site looks like. It is easy to imagine these characters as they are portrayed living out their purposes each day.
I have found that this book has stayed with me long after I have finished reading it. Each time I pass a construction area, of which there are many, I can imagine all the trucks working hard and at the end of the day curling up in their dirt beds dreaming through the night. The book has quickly become a bedtime favorite with my son and would be a great addition to any pre-schooler's library.
The top 10 bedtime stories from The Washington Times
Pajama Time! by: Sandra Boynton
Little Owl's Night by: Divya Srinivasan
The House in the Night by: Susan Marie Swanson
I Need My Monster by:Amanda Noll
Goodnight Moon by: Margaret Wise Brown
Time For Bed by: Mem Fox
Goodnight, Gorilla by: Peggy Rathmann
How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by: Jane Yolen
Just go to Bed by: Mercer Mayer
Dr. Suess's Sleep Book