When I was in college- I read a lot of children’s books. Why? I was a liberal studies major with a CLAD (Culture and Language Development) emphasis – meaning that I was in the grammar school teaching credential track. I took multiple literature course including one specifically on multicultural children’s literature. I learned how to evaluate children’s books on cultural diversity, language development and more. It’s a skill I wouldn’t ever put into use beyond buying the occasional book for my three nephews since my actual job has nothing to do with children or literature.
When the oldest nephew of my three nephews was three (he is now 7) he had overheard me talking about a leaky tire I had on my car. He told me he was going to build me a car. That car was going to be purple (my favorite color) and would have wood wheels so that I wouldn’t have to worry about getting a flat tire and he was going to build it for me in his garage. He has always been very mechanically inclined and minded. I remember when we had some plumbing work done on our house he sat on the front lawn putting all the pipes together in a specific order to create some sort of pipeline that made sense to him. When he was in first grade he was in a special after school program that partnered with NASA to learn all about space. The kid is smart and when I was offered a copy of the children’s book How To Build A Car I immediately thought of him. When I got the book I couldn’t wait to share it with him.
How To Build A Car follows three friends (Eli the mouse, Hank the frog and Phoebe the sparrow) on their mission to build a car. Eli has a huge imagination and has a great idea to make a real working race car. He gets his friends Hank and Phoebe to help him with his grand idea. With imagination and teamwork the trio work hard and persevere to build a real miniature race car. (more…)