Book Title: Little Blue Truck
Author: Alice Shertle Illustrator: Jill McElmurry
Age Group: 3-7 years
Publishers: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (2009 Boardbook)
ISBN (10): 0547248288
ISBN (13): 978-0547248288
A friendly blue truck, lots of farm animals and a mean dump truck get together in this book to teach children the value of being nice to others and helping one another.
Little blue truck goes down the country roads greeting animals along the way.
Along comes a dump truck who is so important that he has no time for niceties. Alas, he doesn’t get very far-he drives through a puddle and gets stuck in mud! The animals ignore him but the little blue truck jumps in to help the dump truck.
The animals can’t ignore Little Blue…so they come over to help Little Blue. As a result the dump truck learns a valuable lesson!
The rhyming text and the artwork really draw the kids in. The two year old loved the animal noises while the older children picked up on the rhyming words. The idea of a truck and animals being friends seems to have an added appeal to them.
Here’s a read aloud on youtube: