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Review: ‘Going to the Construction Site with Daddy’

Going to the Construction Site with Daddy is a Piccolo bookshelf app. Piccolo apps are available in five languages and make great additions to bilingual classrooms. To learn more about bookshelf apps, and some of Piccolo’s other titles, start here.

If it’s vehicles your young readers and listeners are interested in, you might also want to take a peek at Max Holcheck’s Edsel McFarlan’s New Car and Byron Barton’s Planes.

Title: Going to the Construction Site with Daddy
Author: Arend van Dam
Illustrator: Alex de Wolf
Published by: Uitgeverij Unieboek | Het Spectrum B.V.
Developed by: Unieboek | Het Spectrum B. V. and Mobile Generation
Platform: iOS, requires 3.2 or later
Version: 1.0
Price: $4.99

PreS-K-Every child dreams of going to work with a parent and what better place might that be for some youngsters than a construction site? In this title, Tommy’s dad has been given the task of designing a new theatre and has asked his son to come with him to visit the location. The boy quickly notices that the site already has tenants—storks—and decides to help them find a new home as he assists his father with his assignment.

The book can be read or listened to in five languages: German, English, Spanish, French, and Dutch. Words are highlighted as they are read, a useful feature for emergent readers. Each page is illustrated with full-color artwork. Some screens offer full-page scenes, while others slide to the right for a wide view.

Children can move through the app using the clearly marked navigation arrows or by turning the page with a flick of a finger. Each page contains a well-timed realistic sound effect that enhances the telling. Additional sounds and animations are triggered by touching various characters, items, or vehicles throughout the story. From the grinding cement truck to the sight and sound of construction workers hammering and laying bricks, children (especially those fascinated with large vehicles and construction sites), will delight in the interactive add-ons.—Omar Ramirez, Northlake Public Library, Northlake, IL