Written by
P.R. Prendergast
Illustrated by
Ross Stewart
The Romanian Builder

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


Reading Association of Ireland Award - 2011


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32 pages
260x197 mm
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 wordsA new series of books for modern, multi-cultural Ireland for children aged 6-8

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 charming story … the illustrations are bright and colourful

Books Ireland

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

Books Ireland

a handsome collection of full-colour picture books

Books Ireland

particularly attractive … for reading aloud in class

Inis Magazine

highly recommended

Inis Magazine

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

Editor's Choice' 'attractive and important

Inis Magazine Winter 2009

innovative and exciting

RTE Guide

appropriate and timely

Irish Examiner

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

Irish Examiner

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

Sunday Independent

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

Sunday Independent

captivating as well as educational

Woman's Way

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

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

Books Ireland

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

Books Ireland

four beautifully written and very colourfully illustrated books

InTouch Magazine

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

InTouch Magazine

the text is carefully graded in terms of language

InTouch Magazine

a wonderful, tender and side-splittingly funny story

Letterbox Library
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