While looking for books for my great- grandchildren, I discovered Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site and knew immediately that it was perfect for my 3-year- old great- grandson. When I read the story to him we had great fun imitating the sounds that each vehicle made. He taught me how each piece of equipment worked. This delightful story not only introduces children to heavy construction equipment, but is a reminder that everything, (and everyone) has to take a rest. The book is dedicated to all little boys who love trucks.
My three daughters, and my son, had books about trucks, toy trucks, and could identify every kind of truck. We had a farm, and when they were older, they all had the unique “privilege” of using the truck to deliver eggs, as well as the “privilege” of cutting the lawn with the tractor. My oldest daughter, when she was about two or three, had an obsession with bulldozers, which she called “boogozers.” She would tell her sister, who was about one or two, “See Naomi, that’s a boogozer,” if we passed one on the road. My father-law exclaimed that Naomi would be very smart, because her big sister was teaching her everything. We hired a bulldozer operator to do the site preparation for construction on the farm. My daughter would stand on her bed and watch the bulldozer from the window for hours. She was totally devastated when the job was completed, and couldn’t understand why her father wouldn’t buy her a “boogozer.”
The author of Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site, Sherri Disker Rinker has two sons. If she had a daughter as well, she’d have realized that girls also love construction sites. I remember how enamored I was as a child with moving vehicles. As a teenager, though, I didn’t have the “privilege” of driving a tractor,but used a hand pushed mower.