Little Blue Truck

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!
blue truck

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

Usborne Very First Words: Animals

The older B gets, the more fun it is to test her and see what she knows the names of (anything and everything really, and she recently surprised me with “ephalent.”) Like elephants, her love for animals is large– and she loves making the sounds they make. My favorite is her impression of a cat.

It goes something like this… *scrunched face* *deep breath*…

“R—e—aowww!” She looks really sad when she does it, but at the same time she couldn’t be cuter.

What’s your favorite toddler-made animal sound?

animals

Take a second and admire the animals on the front cover of Usborne Very First Words: Animals. How. CUTE. In this board book, your little one will learn the names of many animals, where they live (from the farm to the ocean and around the world,) and even some of the sounds they make. Sprinkled throughout the book are words describing a certain part of the adorable animals– like whiskers, shell, trunk or fin.

Kiddos will love naming (and perhaps pretending to be) all 65 cuddly looking animals and learning the difference between a flipper and a tail. 🙂

Get ready to practice your dolphin noise…

Usborne Very First Words: Animals
Design by Laura Hammonds/Illus. Rosalinde Bonnet
Usborne Publishing

Little Blue Boat

I went in to the store for a baby book for our sweet little one on the way. Like always, I told myself I was just going to get that one thing, then maybe browse a little and not buy anything else.

I couldn’t resist. I got a baby book… and then Little Green Frog, and then Little Blue Boat just jumped into my arms.

Little Blue Boat (and it’s pal Little Green Frog) both have thick, easy-to-open flaps. Perfect for adorable little fingers to grab.
FullSizeRender (28)Rhyme, and thick, grabbable (ack! For today, let’s consider that a real word), flaps tell the tale of an adventurous boat. With help from beautiful illustrations, little ones will get to see all of the boat’s ocean friends while it floats with the tide and sets sail. Seagulls, a seal, a dolphin and funny otters play by the boat, and you’ll be taken under the sea to a lobster, an octopus, and then back up to see two happy blue whales.

There are more animals to discover around the Little Blue Boat with your little one– who may be 6 months old, or someone who needs a quick story because they’re a can’t-sit-gotta-run 2 year old. 🙂

Little Blue Boat
Ginger Swift/Illus. Zoe Persico
Cottage Door Press

Dear Zoo

This one captures B’s attention and holds on tight. With its bright white pages, repetition, and colorful flaps (that serve as a barrier between the wild zoo animal and the readers), it’s bound to keep your little ones engaged, too.

“I wrote to the zoo to send me a pet.

They sent me an…(flap) elephant.

He was too big! I sent him back.

So they sent me a… (flap) giraffe.

He was too tall! I sent him back.

So they sent me a…”

No animal was quite right… too fierce, too scary, too jumpy, etc. Finally, after sending animals to and fro, the zoo sent the patient kiddo a puppy. Of course, the puppy was perfect.

dear zoo

This classic board book was published in 1982 when…

  • 867-5309 happened (and it’s still happening in my head on repeat since I thought about adding it to this post…)
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was released
  • Ralph S. Mouse was published (aw, Ralph!)
  • The final episode of The Lawrence Welk Show aired– to the disappointment of unborn me. B loves to watch it on PBS on Saturday nights… the music, the dancing, the costumes! Okay, I love to watch it on PBS on Saturday nights.

Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
Rod Campbell
Little Simon