The Romanian Builder

The Romanian Builder

Written by P.R. Prendergast, Illustrated by Ross Stewart

How can Joe find out all he wants to know about building when Radu doesn't speak English?


Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2011

Reading Association of Ireland - Winner

Hardback: €7.99
Hardback: 32 pages
Size:260x197 mm
ISBN: 9781847171054

Category: Children's fiction

Series: Bridges

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Joe had so many questions for the new builder: Which tool was the most important? What if you were afraid of heights? How do you put scaffolding together?

He is really disappointed when he finds out that Radu doesn’t speak any English. Now he will never find out about building – or will he?

A story of understanding without words

A new series of books for modern, multi-cultural Ireland for children aged 6-8

P.R. Prendergast
P.R. Prendergast lives in Dublin, where he has worked as a school teacher for twenty-five years. In 2009 his first children’s book The Romanian Builder was published by The O’Brien Press. Dancing in the Dark, published by The O'Brien Press in 2010, was nominated for the 2011 Bisto Children's Book of the Year Award and was awarded the White Raven Label by the International Youth Library at Bologna Book Fair 2011. He has three children of his own.

'a wonderful, tender and side-splittingly funny story'

Letterbox Library

'the text is carefully graded in terms of language'

InTouch Magazine

'could be used in the area of integration, geography and religious studies'

InTouch Magazine

'four beautifully written and very colourfully illustrated books'

InTouch Magazine

'the message that differing languages need not be a barrier to friendship will not be lost on young readers'

Books Ireland

'impressively designed, with bright coloured pictures, well-spaced text and a narrative that uses simple language but in its most effective way'

Books Ireland

'hopefully they are the first of many in that they ably reflect the ethnic mix that Ireland’s population has now become. Inter-racial and inter-generational, they explore differences in culture and language, and celebrate communication'

Books Ireland

'captivating as well as educational'

Woman's Way

'an excellent and thought-provoking new series of multicultural books from O’Brien'

Sunday Independent

'[Bridges] introduce us to some of the newer cultures in our island in warm and sympathetic fashion'

Sunday Independent

'aimed at age six and upwards, this excellent and enjoyable non-preachy series … should be in every school'

Irish Examiner

'appropriate and timely'

Irish Examiner

'innovative and exciting'

RTE Guide

'Editor's Choice'

'attractive and important'

Inis Magazine Winter 2009

'a timely series that will be invaluable both in the school and home environment … these thought-provoking books will be of immense value to teachers, parents and of course children'

Inis Magazine

'highly recommended'

Inis Magazine

'particularly attractive … for reading aloud in class'

Inis Magazine

'a handsome collection of full-colour picture books'

Books Ireland

'well-written, entertaining and enlightening stories for children … distinctively illustrated by artists from the Cartoon Saloon'

Books Ireland

'a charming story … the illustrations are bright and colourful'

Books Ireland

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Also by P.R. Prendergast:

Dancing in the Dark

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