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TOOLS by Taro Miura


by Taro Miura & illustrated by Taro Miura

Age Range: 2 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-8118-5519-8
Publisher: Chronicle

Simplified, highly accessible images and minimal text introduce the world of tools to young readers in this clear and visually appealing identification book. Each set of tools is initially addressed in a two-page spread with each tool neatly labeled. This is followed by a page featuring the occupation of the man or woman who uses the tools, writ large, and an illustration of said tradesman in action. Carpenter, tailor, mechanic, doctor, electrician, gardener, watchmaker, chef and barber are all covered here. As a whole, this is unusually well-designed, from the graphic nature of the images to the appropriate and varying choice of font. The presentation—tools first, occupation second—easily lends itself to a question-and-answer format (What tools are these? Who uses them?) and makes this a highly suitable choice for both home and school use. The spare text and heavy paper are perfect for young children, though older children interested in tools will be drawn in, too. (Picture book. 2-6)