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The Carpenter (BabyLit) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-16 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1423646762
LANGUAGE:English

" It is so interesting for a book to have no words! Great for kids (and adults) who love to make up their own story and use their imagination. " said.

" For fans of Harold and the Purple Crayon! Use strips of cardboard, a hole puncher and brads to create the folding ruler used in the book and try to replicate the shapes. Good STEM conversation starter for preschoolers. " said.

" A young boy of color gives up his electronic toy when he notices his father's measuring tape looks like a snake. Using only the measuring tape, the boy creates a dinosaur, a whale, and much more. Together, he and his father go out on a boat and when his father loses the oar, the boy makes a sail and they come home safely. " said.

" This wordless picture book by Bruna Barros would be fun to share with a budding engineer in the family. A young boy's fascination with his father's measuring stick turns into some very imaginative play while dad works on a project in his shop. Dad comes to the boy's rescue during play and they sail off together into a world of their own. Fun for ages 3-5. " said.

" What can you make with a jointed ruler (not sure the exact name of this tool?)with a little imagination . . .it can be almost anything.I especially appreciate how the carpenter (father?) is drawn into the story and the two act together at the end (boat + sail)- medium? limited color palette, bold design element, interesting perspectivesAuthor Bruna Barros is from Brazil.2015 LEMOS Editorial, Brazil.2017, US publication by Gibbs-Smith " said.

"In this wordless picture book, a little boy is playing with his electronic device. His father works near him on a carpentry bench. Suddenly, the little boy is distracted by the zigzag folding ruler that his father has been using. He imagines at first that it is a snake hissing at him, but is soon building with it by folding it into shapes. He creates a house, a car, a large tree, an elephant and even a whale! When the whale spouts water that floods the floor, his father saves him by pulling him up onto the table and into the boat that he’s been building. Now they can float safely and the ruler can become the sail.

Barros embraces the nature of children at play in the modern world by capturing the little boy’s love of digital devices at the very beginning. The ruler though sparks new creativity in the boy, allowing his imagination to guide him through all sorts of playful ideas. The wordless format also invites readers to use their imaginations to fill in the story. The bright pictures have a great graphical nature to them that has a strong boldness.

As a child I managed to break my share of zigzag rulers, so I completely understand their appeal. This book is filled with imagination for children and memories for us older folks. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
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" This was a cute story to share with my grandson. Although he can read, it was a fun way to spark his imagination. " said.

" Wordless story about the power of imagination! " said.

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