FICTION

Tool School

illus. by James Dean. 32p. Scholastic. Aug. 2017. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780545685207. POP
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PreS-Gr 2—The characters of this brief, rhyming tale head to school on their very first day. Their destination is Tool School, presenting five young personified tools—Hammer, Screwdriver, Pliers, Saw, and Tape Measure—experimenting with their skills and finding their way around a builder's classroom. Cartoon illustrations feature their wide-eyed excitement for learning, frustration as they try to work independently for the first time, and cubbies filled with enough wood, cardboard, screws, nails, glue, and clamps to satisfy their every experiment. Young readers unfamiliar with basic tools will find an introduction to each character, a description of the tool's purpose, and how each works. Led by their teacher Ms. Drill, the tools practice safety and skills, working first alone and then learning together to explore the value of cooperation. Text includes a bit of onomatopoeia—the sounds of constructing a toolbox—while speech bubbles highlight a busy conversation. A final spread presents "Cool Tool Tips" and the reminder to work with a grown-up and wear safety goggles.
VERDICT A must-read for budding makers in all libraries, measuring up to the need for early introduction to creative tools, and entertainingly illustrated for the very young.

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