Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Ages: 3 – 6 years

A few weeks ago, my husband organized for our driveway to be completed.  It was the final job needed to finish our house which we began building four years ago.

When the machinery rumbled through the gate (a small digger with multiple attachments and a cement truck), I was reminded of how exciting machinery is for young kids.

Lying on the carpet in my son’s room, both my four-year-old daughter and six-year-old son opened the blinds, and watched the construction unfold excitedly just outside the window for over an hour.

I managed to get three loads of washing put away in peace!

Three Cheers for Kid McGear is an inspiring tale for all the construction fans out there. It’s a timeless story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles that can be enjoyed by all.

Told in easy to read rhyme, we learn that …

‘’One day at the construction yard, five friends are building, working hard.’’

Flatbed Truck arrives with a surprise on the back.  It’s a new truck with a scoop on her front end and other cool attachments!

She vaults off Flatbed and introduces herself as, ‘’Skid steer – Kid McGear!’’

Offering to help out in any way, Kid McGear is eager to learn.  However, the much larger trucks take one look at her small size and ask her to just stay out of the way.  They are not unkind, but they are worried she won’t be much help and will get hurt.

Kid McGear is obviously disappointed, but when she hears a cry of ‘’Emergency! Come quick! Come help!’’ she doesn’t hesitate. She easily reaches the troubled trucks ahead of the others with her speed.

Excavator and Bulldozer were working on a steep hillside and have slipped down, now trapped in trees, mud, and rubble.

Kid McGear knows exactly what to do! She puts on tracks so she can grip, power drives some steel pipe into the ground, ties a chain to one end of the poles and throws the chains down to assist the machinery in trouble.

With the help of the others, she is able to save the trucks.

The big trucks cheer Kid McGear to show their appreciation. ‘’Hip-hip-hooray! Kid McGear just saved the day!’’

They ask her to stay and the crew grows from five friends to six friends. ‘’SIX friends in the construction yard, big and small, all working hard …’’

Sherri Duskey Rinker is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and Construction Site on Christmas Night.  She introduces the first female character to join the core construction crew with Three Cheers for Kid McGear.

Illustrator AG Ford is a recipient of the NAACP Image Award and has illustrated many award-winning books for children.  The illustrations in this book are captive and tell the complete story.

In a book that will resonate with readers and listeners of all ages, Three Cheers for Kid McGear is an inspiring tale for all the construction fans out there. It’s a timeless story of perseverance and overcoming obstacles.


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