Little Blue Truck

Little Blue Truck
by Alice Schertle, illustrated by Jill McElmurry
Harcourt, 2014

I heard the Little Blue Truck was selling well, so I checked it out.  A well written story done in perfect rhyme, with fun sounds, many animals, and a lot of heart.  The little blue truck chugging down the road is a friend to all and beeps to everyone a ‘hi’.  In contrast, a big yellow dump truck honks loudly at all to scatter everyone out his way as he does his ‘big important things’.  When the yellow dump truck swerves a curve and his wheels get stuck, he is unable to move.  He calls for help, but no one cares to help him because he had been so mean.  The friendly little blue truck comes along and tries to push the big truck out, but he too gets stuck.  He also calls for help, and everyone comes running.  Everyone pushes and both trucks become free.  The big yellow truck thanks his brother for his help and admits ‘Now I see/ a lot depends/ on a helping hand/ from a few good friends!’  While a predictable story, it’s a joy to read with lots of fun rhymes and comforting repetition.  This book could be a part of every young child’s library.

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