by William Bee
Peachtree Publishing 9/01/2014
Age 3 to 8 32 pages
“When Myrtle buys a plot of land, she asks Stanley to build her a new house. He works step-by-step—from clearing the site with a bulldozer, to pouring the foundation, to painting the finished house in Myrtle’s favorite colors. Luckily, Charlie helps out too. Building houses is hard work, but all three friends are happy with a job well done.”
“What are Stanley and Myrtle doing?”
Myrtle the mouse just purchased a plot of land and hires Stanley to build her a house. Stanley is an industrious hamster. After clearing the land with his bulldozer, Stanley and his helper Charlie, build the foundation. The tricky work of laying down the bricks is next. There is not a wolf around who will be able to blow this house down. When the house is finished, Stanley paints it using Myrtle’s favorite colors. All done, Stanley heads home, newspaper in hand, for dinner, a long bath, and bed. He will wake up ready for a new day.
Young boys will love the Stanley the Builder. Stanley uses all kinds of machines to help him build Myrtle’s house. Will kids know what and how these machines are used? Stanley wears a yellow safety hat, possibly just as dad wears. Young boys, and some girls, who enjoy building things just like Stanley, will love a story about building, especially with the cute hamster Stanley. The illustrations are basic with large, easy to recognize shapes, separated by solid black lines, which help deepen the colors and drawing one’s attention. The colors are basic primary and secondary colors. Kids should be able to recognize each color if asked.
I love this clean presentation. The white background helps keep the eyes focused on the main illustration. I also like that Stanley’s friend Charlie helps and Myrtle finds a way to help out, too. These three friends work well together. Young children will enjoy pointing out the equipment Stanley uses—a crane, digger, cement mixer, and bulldozer. A game can be made of finding the machine, the item used to build the house, or a specific color, after reading the story, of course. In this way, Stanley the Builder can be a great way to prepare for kindergarten. Stanley has more adventures on the way. Young children will eagerly await each new addition. Next, Stanley runs a garage.
STANLEY THE BUILDER. Text and illustrations copyright © 2014 by William Bee. Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Peachtree Publishing.
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It’s funny how rodents make such adorable picture book characters. Don’t you think? 😀
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I could’ve helped dig the hole! Then it would be cement mixer, crane, backhoe, and CUPCAKE!
Love and licks,
I love how you make me laugh! That sure could be your job. Some dogs really have a talent for digging. Thanks for the smile. 🙂
What a sweet construction book for little ones. Stanley the hamster is so cute! Is the part about the wolf really in the book or did you just make that up? Fun review, Sue!
Well, the part about the wolf is to show how well constructed Stanley’s finished brick house is; no wolf could ever blow it down, not that pigs are going to reside there, because we know Myrtle is a mouse.
So, maybe I put in stuff like that to see if people really read the entire review. Congratulations! You pass! No, actually, it occurred to me in the first draft, being silly I wrote it and I ended up leaving it in.
This looks really cute! 😀
It is. If you were young . . . 😆