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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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Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site
by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Chronicle Books, 2011

This book is perfect to quiet down rambunctious boys for sleep.

As the sun sets and the day comes to an end, the reader walks through what each piece of heavy equipment does at a construction site.  As the machinery “gets sleepy” and begins to slow down and yawns, each machine is quietly ‘tucked in’ for sleep.  Readers see big strong machinery snuggling up against soft dirt pillows.  Readers who dream of working on heavy equipment at construction sites will love it.

The subject, rhyme and kid-friendly illustrations has turned this book into a best-seller.

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