L recently turned 1 (1?! *gulp*) He stopped chewing books (see previous post,) and has a lot more interest in stories and, um, sitting still. As a birthday gift, we finally brought Little Blue Truck home.
L loves this book and given his age… he mostly loves our attempts at making the animal greetings, truck sounds and our versions of a friendly beep. You’ll start to feel like that guy in Police Academy who is the king of sound effects. Remember that guy?
Anyway, I’m sure you’ve heard Little Blue Truck, too. This book is all over the place– and goodness, the publisher even has a FREE party kit for blue truck lovers to download online!
The story begins by introducing the readers to the blue truck whose horn and engine make “the friendliest sounds you ever heard.” On his way (to wherever he’s going,) animals greet him and he takes a moment to greet each of them in return.
All of the sudden, a humongous yellow dump truck forces his way around Blue and his new animal friends– some of them look a little stunned and one (the duck,) looks terrified as he flies out of the way of the speeding dump truck. Close one!
Quickly, the Dump truck finds himself deep in a mud puddle and really stuck. He shouted for help but…
‘”Honk!” cried the Dump,
and he sounded scared,
but nobody heard
(or nobody cared).’
Blue rushed in to help push him out, but when he became stuck, too, he cried for help and allllll of his new animal friends ran to the scene. With their help, eventually, both trucks were on their way again. This adorable story teaches readers a few lessons– on being a friend, being helpful and being kind.
The sweet, blue truck was made for story time.
Little Blue Truck (2008)
Alice Schertle (Illus. Jill McElmurry)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt