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TOOLBOX TWINS by Lola M. Schaefer


by Lola M. Schaefer & illustrated by Melissa Iwai

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8050-7733-2
Publisher: Henry Holt

When it comes to growing up, emulation is often the name of the game, and Vincent is no exception. “Dad has a toolbox. Vincent has one, too.” While mom is busy with the new baby, father and son set about doing many varied projects around the house. As father and son work in tandem, the text highlights in bright colors the names of the tools while explaining what they do and how they are applied. Levels and awls measure and mark for frames and shelves, saws and shears prune and snip the limbs of trees and vines, and screws and nuts twist and turn to repair doors. Dad uses the real tools while Vincent does his small part with the bright toy versions. The illustrations offer a softened realism in the depiction of colorful familial ambiance and small details such as the red patterned carpet, small black dog, the plant on the windowsill or the backyard barbecue. If one isn’t bothered by the family’s very gender-specific duties, this is a cozy lap read that also serves as splendid learning tool. (Picture book. 3-5)