Bulldozer's Big Day

by Candace Fleming and Eric Rohmann

A small bulldozer is full of excitement as he sets off across a construction site.... read more

A small bulldozer is full of excitement as he sets off across a construction site. “Guess what today is!” But his happiness gradually wanes as each big vehicle he encounters seems too busy to care. Digger is “scooping … scooping … scooping.” Dump truck is “sifting … sifting … sifting.” Cement Mixer is stirring. Scraper is filling. Grader is chopping. Roller is mashing. By the time he gets to Crane (“lifting … lifting … lifting”), Bulldozer’s blade is “dragging sadly in the dirt.” But could that be a cake Crane is lifting? Candace Fleming’s text is a marvelous balance of repetition and freshness, with well-chosen verbs doing double-duty to describe both the work of big equipment and cake-making. Eric Rohmann’s colorful illustrations featuring bold black frames and black outlines masterfully personify the vehicles without veering into cuteness. A story that is immensely entertaining also has an immensely satisfying emotional arc as a much-loved little bulldozer is celebrated. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2016

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