Rebecca Kai Dotlich was our 12 x 12 in 2012 featured author in August. In that post she wrote, among many other things, about how she got the idea for my PPBF selection for today – What Can a Crane Pick Up? I am also fortunate enough to call Rebecca a friend after attending her Poetry Workshop at the Highlights Foundation, where she shared a pre-print version of this book. I’ve had a special place in my heart for it ever since. I have no doubt it will find its way into your heart too. Plus, this book is hot of the presses – released just last week!
Knopf Books for Young Readers, September, 2011
Suitable for: Ages 2+
Themes/Topics: Machines, Cranes, Rhyming, Poetry, Books for Boys
Opening/Synopsis: From Publisher’s Weekly: “All hail the crane! It may be a simple machine, but its answer to every question that Dotlich (Bella & Bean) asks—channeling readers’ wide-eyed inquisitiveness—is yes. “Can a crane pick up a crane? It could!/ And billions of bundles of builders’ wood./ How about poles and pipes and bricks?/ To a crane, it’s a game of pick-up sticks.”
Activities: CRANE is so brand new I couldn’t find published activities, but the possibilities are endless. Talk to kids about what else a crane could pick up. What could other machines pick up/carry/tow? Discuss the difference between a crane and other types of machines. Explore the difference between this book – written as a poem – and other books about machines. Ask kids to draw pictures of objects they think a crane could pick up. Play with toy cranes!
Why I Like This Book: Although the subject matter is endlessly appealing to children, the poetry and rhythm is marvelous and the illustrations delightful, what I love most about this book is how it challenges children to think beyond “normal” expectations. Sure, we all know a crane can pick up bricks and sticks, but a ferris wheel? A cow? Yes! This book not only plays perfectly into the natural inquisitiveness children have, but encourages that curiosity and calls upon kids to take it even farther.12 x 12 Featured Author, Authors, Children's Books, Friendship, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Poetry, Rhyming · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, Author, Books about Machines, Boy Books, Julie Hedlund, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Poetry, Rebecca Kai Dotlich, Rhyming