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Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-07-06 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:158089710X
LANGUAGE:English

" I really liked the easy flow of the story coupled with the integrated "vocabulary" words. My childhood self would be all over that lol. " said.

" Informative and well-illustrated. A bit boring, though... " said.

" Great book for little budding engineers. " said.

" Wonderful rhyming picture book for young children who are curious to know more the about what specific kind of materials, design, and engineering go into making tall buildings and skyscrapers. Recommended for preschool thru 1st grade. " said.

" 3.5 starsThis picturebook on creating a skyscraper has short rhyming couplets to push the story forward and smaller, informational sentences about the creation of a skyscraper. This is picturebook is a solid foundation (heh) for learning about building, construction and the process of making a skyscraper. Marked down for lackluster illustrations and design. " said.

" June 2017 - fantastic detail about how a skyscraper is built (I learned a lot). Fortunately almost every vehicle and construction material is labeled, and there's a little inset picture on each spread that shows the big picture in miniature. I had a few unanswered questions - what on earth happens to that crane? How do they get rid of the dirt ramp after all the dump trucks go up? But it's a huge hit with Ben. " said.

"A wonderful nonfiction picture book about how a skyscraper is made. Three ways to read this: large, simple words give each page an overview in verse, then as a child grows older they can read the smaller, more details descriptions. Finally, each page has a small diagram showing a cutaway of the progress of the building as it is described. The last page folds up to show the completed skyscraper. For toddlers, preschoolers, and interested early readers. No bibliography, index, citations or further suggested reading in the back, though." said.

"Fiction Twin Text:
Rinker, S. D. (2017). Mighty, mighty construction site. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books.

Rationale:
Both these texts have rhyming and short passages, making them similar in writing style and audience. These two texts focus on being in a construction site which meets guidance criteria about occupational knowledge. The fiction text has more cartoonish images of trucks with faces as the text follows through a day at the site, appealing to boys and girls alike. The nonfiction text has the rhyming portion, but also provides more detail through captions or sidebars about the construction tools or procedures to provide the extra information about the topic.

Nonfiction Structure and Features:
The structure of this nonfiction text is sequential order. The text follows the building of a skyscraper from the first step to the next including time order words to help students identify the sequence. The features include the sidebars of extra information, illustrations of the concepts, inset diagrams with labels to showcase the growth of the skyscraper, as well as labels on the structure of the building and tools used on the sites.

Strategy:
A nonfiction strategy I would use would be a graphic organizer broken into different parts. I would first have the students make a Venn diagram to compare the fiction text with the nonfiction text to identify similarities and differences. Then I would have them make a sequence chart and fill in at least 5 steps to building a skyscraper in chronological order. I would also have them make a list of terms with their personal definitions, similar to a glossary since this book does not include one. Finally, I would have them write an opinion about whether they would or would not like to work on a construction site, and what they would do if they had the choice, explaining their answers.
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