Let's build a playground (#0578HF9)

by Rosen, Michael J

1 review or award | 3 full-text reviews

Hardcover Candlewick Press, 2013
Price: USD 14.89
Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Dewey: 790.06; Audience: Upper Elementary; Reading Level: 3.8
AR 4.4 LG .5 158466EN
From the publisher: Grades 1-4; Ages 6-9
From Kirkus: Ages 7-11; SLJ: Gr 3-6; read the full-text reviews


From Follett

"A KaBOOM! book." Traces the efforts of a group of kids and adults from an Indianapolis community who worked with KaBOOM! to build a playground.

From the Publisher
Could you really build a playground in your neighborhood? KaBOOM! Find out how -- and how much fun it can be.

What's your dream playground? Grab a piece of paper and let your imagination go wild! That was the first step when two hundred kids and grown-ups in an Indianapolis community got together to build the playground in this book -- one of over two thousand that KaBOOM! has helped create. A slide isn't just a slide, it could be a chute to a time machine. A swing might be Pegasus flying across the galaxy. . . . Weeks of planning precede the construction of a playground that a community feels is truly theirs, a vibrant space to foster both creativity and physical activity. Sprinkled with kid-friendly factual notes, Michael J. Rosen's lively free verse, together with colorful photographs, capture the enthusiastic teamwork leading up to the final build of a playground in one day -- a playground that will welcome kids of all ages well into the future.
Back matter includes an author's note.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication Date: April 23, 2013
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Dewey: 790.06
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
  • Tracings: Kelson, Ellen, photographer. ; Cecil, Jennifer, photographer.
  • ISBN-10: 0-7636-5532-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-7636-5532-7
  • LCCN: 2012-943649
  • Follett Number: 0578HF9
  • Reading Level: 3.8
  • Audience: Upper Elementary
  • Grades: 1-4
  • Ages: 6-9
  • Kirkus: Ages 7-11
  • School Library Journal: Gr 3-6
  • ATOS Book Level: 4.4
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 158466EN

Reviews & Awards
  • Kirkus Reviews, 03/15/13

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Guide (Fall 2013)
Beautifully illustrated with photographs documenting the project, this is an account of transforming an old playground at an Indianapolis charter school with the help of the nonprofit organization KaBoom! It's unclear who's narrating the story and the text mixes fanciful ideas with the practicalities of designing and building, but overall it's an inspiring, empowering story. Text boxes include interesting details about measuring and materials.

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