Monday, March 18, 2013

Nonfiction Monday: Tools at Work Series

Tools are BIG at my house right now. C. has his own toolbox with real carpentry tools - which he mostly uses on rocks and dirt - and S. has a gardening bag with all sorts of tools, real and play. Even L. likes to use the plastic tool set - mostly to hit things (or siblings) with. I knew I had to bring these home as soon as I got them:
What Does a Level Do?
What Does a Hammer Do?
Other titles in the series cover saws, screwdrivers, wrenches, and pliers. These two were an instant hit.
Close-up photographs match the text perfectly, giving readers a very clear understanding of what is meant. Parts of the tool are identified, uses explained, and basic safety is covered. The first part of the book is designed for a beginner to read alone. The last few pages explain the mechanical principals involved - fulcrums for the hammer, why levels are needed - and include more safety tips, a glossary, and a basic index. C. enjoyed reading them out loud to me, and immediately wanted to put his tools to use again:

He was especially excited when one nail went wonky, and he had to pull it out using the claw, just like they showed in the book (I won't accuse him of doing that on purpose, of course.)
A great set for any preschool library, or bundled as a gift for your favorite toolman/tool woman, tucked into their very first toolbox.
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  1. I agree! this is a great series for preK and K kids! thanks for sharing.

  2. My kids would love these! But it's my husband who really needs these. ;)

    Thanks for participating in Nonfiction Monday!

  3. These sound fabulous! If only books for grown-ups were so clear and easy to understand:>)

  4. What a great series. I have a little builder who would definitely love them!

    I am a new follower and I am hosting a weekly nonfiction link party called Keeping it Real! It would be great if you could share some of your nonfiction reading adventures with us.