"Neigh!" said a horse."Quack!" said a duck."Beep!" said the friendlyLittle Blue Truck.Little Blue Truck is a joyful cacophony of animal and truck sounds that will have youngsters beeping and quacking—and begging for one more go-round! Along the way, readers see that it pays to be kind to our animal friends . . . if we show a friendly respect to others, we’re more likely to get help when we’re, say, stuck in the muck in a truck. Jill McElmurry’s gouache illustrations of wild-eyed farm animals and country roads are warm and wonderful, suiting the cheerfully rhyming text to a T. Beep!
All the animals happily greet Little Blue Truck as it amiably trundles over hill and dale: "Toad said, 'Croak!'/ and winked an eye/ when Little Blue Truck/ went rolling by." No wonder, then, that the obnoxious Dump Truck gets a cold shoulder when it goes too fast ("I haven't got time to pass the day/ with every duck along the way!") and gets stuck in the rural muck. But when the selfless Little Blue Truck gets mired while trying to help, all the animals rally 'round and teach Dump Truck about neighborliness (the particularly buff Toad implicitly offers a subsidiary lesson on the value of working out). Schertle's (All You Need for a Beach) rhyming stanzas are succinct, and she gives readers plenty of opportunities to chime in with animal and vehicle noises; colored, standout fonts highlight these sounds for extra effect. McElmurry's (Mad About Plaid) gouaches recall the heyday of Golden Books in their combination of vividness, na vet and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic. Ages 3 7.
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Our two children love this book! The story has a great message and includes all of the farm animals with a couple trucks (our son loves the trucks). Overall - great book
We own the hard copies and noticed a few pages in the digital version that had entire sentences omitted. Hard to believe we paid for this again and this is what we received.
The book itself is fantastic. However, this version is missing some of the words. We have the board book and it is slightly different.