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Demolition    by Sally Sutton & Brian Lovelock order for
by Sally Sutton
Order:  USA  Can
Candlewick, 2012 (2012)

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* *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Come along with me and visit the demolition site of an old building. We are going to see all sorts of big machines take down the old structure and recycle the materials. Stand back because work is about to begin!

First, a tall crane with a wrecking ball begins to knock down the walls. 'Bang! Clang! Crack! Swing the ball. Swing the ball. Thump and smash and wack. Bring the top floors tumbling down.'

Then, a high-reach excavator with a long arm with hydraulic shears cuts through the concrete, steel and wooden remains. Next, the broken up pieces go either into a wood chipper or a mobile crusher that grinds the materials up so they can be recycled. Wood chips go in one pile and broken up concrete in another.

Now the steel is loaded into bins to be hauled away to a recycling mill where it will once again be melted down and formed into new steel. Finally, after bulldozers clear the site we are ready to build something new. Whoa! It looks like a playground for children. How cool!

Not only will you learn how a building is taken apart in this picture book but you will also discover the kinds of special machines that do the job. So put on your hard hat and start turning the pages in this construction zone!

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