Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things by Sarah Garland

Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things

Written by Sarah Garland

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Fixing things has never been more fun than in this attractive story which also provides useful and practical guidance on helping children to use tools. When new neighbours arrive next door, Eddie is lucky that when Tom needs to fix a few things he asks Eddie to help. Soon Eddie learns how to use a saw, build a boat and even build a bird table. Sarah Garland’s lively illustrations capture the details of home, family and friendship. Eddie’s Garden is equally instructive, but about gardening for toddlers – both are not to be missed.


Eddie's Toolbox And How to Make and Mend Things by Sarah Garland

When new neighbours move in next door, Eddie is disappointed that there is a new friend for his sister but not for him. But then Tom needs help putting up shelves in the kitchen and asks Eddie to help him as his little girl and Eddie's sister explore the garden together. Soon Eddie is learning to use a saw and hammer and is screwing in hooks to hang cups. Eddie's sister hates bathtime, so Eddie uses some leftover wood to make her a boat to play with in the bath. Next day, as the two families share a picnic lunch in the garden, a cat attacks a sparrow trying to eat the crumbs from the table. So Eddie and Tom decide to build a bird table for the sparrows to eat in safety. Soon Eddie is making and mending all sorts of things around the house. This delightful story about two families becoming friends as seen through Eddie's eyes also includes practical instructions to make some of the things Eddie learns to make.

A delightful companion to Eddie's Kitchen and Eddie's Garden, this book will appeal to all children fascinated by tools and making things, and to fans of 'Bob the Builder'.


A worthy sequel to Eddie's Kitchen and Eddie's Garden which have been popular with teachers. Back to School Bookseller

Parents who want to inspire and encourage their children to make and mend things for themselves will appreciate very practical hints and tips when using tools. Early Years Educator

From the delightful tool-decorated end pages and superb double spread pictures to the engaging story, the exceptional quality of this book stands out. Books for Keeps

A lovely neighbourly story that with huge appeal to those who love to be involved. Bright, fun illustrations. Armadillo Magazine

The traditional artwork is Sarah Garland's chharming inimitable style of line and watercolour. The exceptional drawing skills underpin the keenly observed characters, particularly the wonderfully harrassed Mum, and are a pleasure to linger over. The colours are gentle, and the important surrounding white space allows the pictures and text to breathe. Garland excels in making the ordinary feel special, but is never mawkish - a fine line to tread. This is one in a series of eddie books and is tremendously useful for adults who want to inspire children to make and mend for themselves, it has all the right credentials for thoughtful, creative recycling - but, even better for the child who just wants to saw, sand, bang, measure, sew, glue and screw, look after birds, grow seeds and have fun. An all-round winner! Ibby Link

My young testers thought this a happy story and liked the colourful pictures and particularly the last where everyone joins in. School Librarian

About the Author

Sarah Garland

Sarah Garland is a much-loved author/illustrator who has published more than 40 books. The daughter of a publisher and illustrator, she trained as a typographer at the London College of Printing. She has written many books for children, and also books for adults on herbs and their uses. During her childhood in the New Forest and in recent years she has concentrated on growing a very wide variety of herbs to use in her kitchen, and to treat minor ailments.

She lives in Chedworth, Gloucestershire.

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40 pages
Interest Age: From 4


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Frances Lincoln Childrens Books an imprint of Frances Lincoln Publishers Ltd

Publication date

2nd September 2010




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