“Singleton compares the activities of a sandhill crane and a construction crane to teach simple vocabulary and to enable readers to observe similarities between two very different things. Bird and machine are engaged in parallel activities. The bird is building a nest; the crane is building a house for a young couple with a baby on the way. Thus the story is skillfully shifted from the machine to the human story of the baby being born. The only text consists of simple, sometimes onomatopoeic verbs scattered through the pages as the bird and crane ‘lift’ objects; ‘stretch’ their appendages; ‘honk’; choose, ‘grab,’ and ‘stack’ building materials; and ‘sway’ in a tempestuous wind. Finally the house is built and the nest is complete, and the occupants of both move in. A crane chick hatches from an egg, and a baby is born in the new house. Both families are at peace in their new dwellings. The final word on the page is a noun: ‘Home.’ Smythe’s shimmering watercolor-and-crayon illustrations convey the charming subtext of the nonverbal story of the crane family nesting and hatching and the white human family for whom the house is being built. This charming and original book offers much for young readers and their caregivers to talk about as well as encouraging comparison and simile skills. ”—Vicky Lewis
Crane & Crane
A sandhill crane lifts a stick. A construction crane lifts a log. The two cranes grab, stretch, and stack, working through bad weather and difficult obstacles toward their end goal: building a home for a new family. Told in a simple sequence of verbs, this colorful picture book demonstrates how the mechanical world mirrors the natural world.
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Crane & Crane
A sandhill crane lifts a stick. A construction crane lifts a log. The two cranes grab, stretch, and stack, working through bad weather and difficult obstacles toward their end goal: building a home for a new family. Told in a simple sequence of verbs, this colorful picture book demonstrates how the mechanical world mirrors the natural world.READ REVIEWS
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“An elegant bird and a hulking construction vehicle may seem at odds, but this deceptively simple picture book shows how cranes of both sorts compare. Double-page spreads with soft mixed-media illustrations depict an avian crane on the left and a jolly construction worker operating a mechanical crane on the right. A series of action verbs, such as lift, grab, and stack, help reveal their similar motions. On sunny days, it’s easy for both cranes to glide with their piles of wood, while stormy days make both cranes sway. But what is each crane building? A duck and her ducklings swimming past the feathered crane and a pregnant couple waving hello to the crane operator provide clues. As both cranes plop final touches on their building projects, readers see a completed nest and house. And as both families finally rest, the final spread connects them both with home. A concluding 'Crane vs. Crane' graphic gives another comparative visual and labels their various parts. This picture book offers a charming way to combine observation and language skills.”—Angela Leeper