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Tool school
First edition.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
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Told in rhyming text, five tools--Hammer, Screwdriver, Pliers, Saw, and Tape Measure--learn to work together on their first day of school.


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Book EASY HOL 1 2
Book EASY HOL 0 1
Book EASY HOL 0 1
Book EASY HOL 0 3
Book EASY HOL 1 1

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Get ready young builders to twist and turn with laughter!

Join a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, saw, and pair of pliers on their first day of school. Together, they make puzzles and play games, but when it's time to build something it's suddenly every tool for itself. Working alone, each tool soon realizes that to make something great all need to cooperate!

Young children will love the irresistible bold artwork and fun rhyming text as they learn that a little teamwork can make a big difference. Tool School introduces some of the most basic household tools, and cool tips explain how to successfully use them with the help of a grown-up!

Author Notes

Author Joan Holub graduated from college in Texas with a fine arts degree. She illustrated her first published children's book in 1992 and began illustrating full time, shortly thereafter. She sold her first two manuscripts in 1996 and has since become a full time author. She has written and/or illustrated over 130 children's books, including the Goddess Girls and Heroes in Training Series. Her title Mighty Dads, illustrated by James Dean, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

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.-Mary Elam, Learning Media Services, Plano ISD, TX © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Holub and Dean, the team behind Mighty Dads, hammer home a message of cooperation in a story about five tools that learn to work together. After each tool-a hammer, pair of pliers, saw, screw driver, and tape measure-introduces itself, it's off to school, where their independent building projects don't work out until they combine their skills. There's nothing wrong with the premise or theme, but the story falls flat. Holub's rhymes are often halfhearted and obvious ("Know what you need? It could save the day:/ Cooperation. Say it now, okay?") with uneven rhythms, and Dean doesn't capitalize on the excitement that tools and construction hold for many kids. With their small smiles, static poses, and half-lidded eyes, his dashed-off tools barely look like they're awake, let alone engaged in what they're doing. Ages 3-5. Author's agent: Liza Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator's agent: Deborah Warren, East West Literary. (July) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Horn Book Review

A hammer, screwdriver, pliers, saw, and tape measure attend school in this rollicking rhyming book ("We may be small, but our skills are cool. / Let's go build on them at our new school!"). After trial and error, the tools learn to cooperate and build something useful: a toolbox. Playful verse combines well with Dean's signature bright illustrative style, giving the tools personality and spunk. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Five toolsHammer, Screwdriver, Tape Measure, Pliers, and Sawgo to school for the first time to learn to build on their skills.After a rhyming introduction for each tool, they board the bus and are on their way to meet their teacher, Ms. Drill. Dean's tool characters sport eyes, sometimes glasses or eyelashes (if female), and some have simple, line mouths. Their classroom has many of the same things kids will see on their own first daysdesks, crayons, cubbies, scissors, pencilsand the activities are much the same as well: doing puzzles, decorating name tags, singing rhymes and songs. It's when the building starts that the trouble begins. Each tool tries to make his or her own project, and none of them can complete anything alone. Ms. Drill says, "Working by yourself can be fun galore. / But sometimes a job takes two or more. / Know what you need? It could save the day: / COOPERATION. Say it now, okay?" The tools dutifully chime in, work together, and build a tool box. A spread of tool tips, focusing on safety and picking the right tool for each job, rounds out the book. Uninspiring, pedestrian rhymes and didacticism plague this effort, and the tools have expressions that are limited to happy or sad: up- or downturned mouths or open or half-closed eyes. Doesn't measure up. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.