Logo Title Quebec Reading Connection

The Diggers Are Coming!

Steggall, Susan (Author/Illustrator)
Quarto 2012. 28 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781847802880 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

From “[T]he wreckers are coming! The wreckers are coming” to “The people are coming! The people are coming,” this truck-themed book introduces readers to the exciting goings-on of a construction site as it gradually morphs from an empty lot into a new community of houses. Among the many trucks and workers making an appearance are cement mixers, diggers, tippers, cranes, steamrollers, moving vans, surveyors and builders.

The narrative proceeds chronologically, highlighting the stages of construction from beginning to end. Its playful use of language (alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhythm and rhyme) to describe the different sounds of the trucks makes it a perfect read-aloud. Children will delight in the “whack, wallop and wham” of the wrecking ball, and bulldozers that “shave and shift and shove all day, scraping soil and stones away.”

Vivid collage illustrations have a realistic look and offer plenty to point to and identify. Varied fonts and curvy text placement (positioned around the truck parts) effectively echo the chaos and drama of the building site, giving each spread a dynamic action-oriented feel.

Conveyed with imagination, energy and humour, this visual and aural tour of an evolving construction site will appeal to all.

  •  

    Look closely at the images on the end papers. What jobs are depicted? What can you predict about the story using this information?

  •  Notice how the text is laid out on each page. How is it different from other books? Why do you think it was designed this way?
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    Choose your favourite verb from the story and illustrate it. Assemble this action vocabulary into a class book.

  •  If you could step into the book on any page, which would you choose and why? Draw a picture of yourself on the construction site.
  •  Choral read the story, repeating sentences after the teacher.
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    Discuss the different people and their jobs. Research the equipment they need and the actions they perform. Draw a mind map with this information.

  •  

    Use a graphic organizer to sort words into categories such as trucks, people, sounds and actions.

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    If you are on a busy street, look outside and identify the trucks or other vehicles passing by.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Media Literacy
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Science and Technology