With an emphasis on cooperation and problem solving, Sunflower Valley's favorite construction crew entertains and educates young audiences all over the world. Now, Bob the Builder and the Can-Do Crew are back in action in their latest adventure, Scrambler to the Rescue (HIT Entertainment, September 2007). In this exclusive interview, Bob tells Parent & Child all about life as a builder and, most importantly, maintaining that positive, "can-do" attitude!
Scholastic's Parent & Child: How old were you when you first decided you wanted to be a builder?
Bob the Builder: I've been building ever since I can remember. Even when I was really little I used to build things, like play bridges, roads, houses and buildings.
P&C: Your father, Robert, taught you a lot about how to be a builder. How did he help you when you felt discouraged or had trouble learning something new?
Bob: My dad is a terrific builder, and he always taught me that hard work, a positive attitude and teamwork will help get any job done.
P&C: You followed in your father's footsteps and became a builder just like him. Your twin brother, Tom, on the other hand, is a zoologist who lives in the Arctic. How did your parents encourage the two of you to follow your dreams despite your different interests and goals?
Bob: Our parents always said that it's important to have a can-do attitude no matter what you do. With a can-do attitude and positive thinking, anything is possible.
P&C: If you weren't a builder, what do you think you might do for a living
Bob: I've always wanted to be a builder, ever since I can remember. But if I weren't building I would be taking pictures. I happen to be an avid photographer.
P&C: You and your crew have worked on many different types of building projects. What is your favorite thing to build?
Bob: The Can-Do Crew and I build, dig and haul until the job is complete. Whether it's building a bridge, paving a road or fixing a window, there's nothing we can't do, and we enjoy every project we tackle.
P&C: Are there any projects that you are particularly proud of? If so, which ones?
Bob: We recently completed our biggest project ever, building a whole town from the ground up in Sunflower Valley. We built new roads, a vehicle shelter, a whole new workshop for me, and lots more. And we have an even bigger project on the drawing board. We are heading to a new destination and this will be THE biggest project ever!
P&C: What are some of the things you do to help everyone on the Can-Do Crew get along?
Bob: Each member of the Can-Do Crew has a specific job. We understand each member's role and therefore, each of us respect what the other is doing. We also always remember that The Fun Is In Getting It Done!
P&C: When someone on your team makes a mistake, you never scold him or her, nor do you get angry. How do you keep your cool when your friends get into sticky situations, and what are some of the things you do to help them learn from their mistakes?
Bob: Everyone makes mistakes. If a member of the team makes a mistake, I always show him or her the right way and reinforce that it's okay to make mistakes; what's important is that we learn from them. With every new project there is a new challenge. The Can-Do Crew and I are lucky to welcome new members, like Packer (our big delivery truck) to our team, as new friends and machines help get the job done.
P&C: After a long day at work, how do you like to unwind and relax?
Bob: When the Can-Do Crew and I finish a hard day of building, digging and hauling, I like to relax with my cat, Pilchard.
P&C: When you're not building, what are some things you like to do in your spare time?
Bob: I am usually very busy and don't have too much downtime. When I do, I enjoy bird watching with my dad, and photography.