Little Blue Truck

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Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
         
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Beep! Beep! Beep! Meet Blue. A muddy country road is no match for this little pick up--that is, until he gets stuck while pushing a dump truck out of the muck. Luckily, Blue has made a pack of farm animal friends along his route. And they're willing to whatever it takes to get their pal back on the road.
         
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.
     
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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, naïveté and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic. Ages 3—7. (May)

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Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
Get the poetic motor humming with Little Blue Truck. With a cheery "beep," a pint-sized pick-up greets animal buddies along a country road, who "croak," "baa," "moo," and "oink" in return. Only an obnoxious dump truck, with a loud "honk," disrupts the peaceful journey. But when the dump truck's "big important wheels" get stuck in the mud, the small truck and the country critters rescue and teach it a valuable lesson: "a lot depends on a helping hand from a few good friends!" The playful language by Alice Schertle and vibrant gouache paintings by Jill McElmurry will enliven any preschooler's journey with books, both literal and metaphorical. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Little Blue Truck greets all of the farmyard animals with a friendly "Beep!" as he rolls along enjoying the fine autumn morning. The animals respond with croaks, baas, moos, oinks, clucks, and neighs. All is peaceful until it starts to rain and a dump truck comes rushing past issuing a warning "Honk!" The arrogant truck rounds a curve too quickly, slides off the road, and gets stuck. Of course, Little Blue Truck tries to come to the rescue, but he is not strong enough to move the big truck by himself. Eventually all of the animals respond and the muscular green toad adds just enough oomph to free the dump truck. The large truck gratefully acknowledges the value of helpful friends. The animals jump into the Little Blue Truck as he continues his journey. The rhyming text features a variety of font sizes and colors to distinguish the noises made by the various animals. Somewhat reminiscent of The Little Engine That Could, the trucks are personified, moving, and speaking on their own. No drivers or humans are present. Colorful illustrations presenting the amiable animals and the distinctive trucks cover the two-page spreads. A fun read aloud with an obvious message. Now available in a board book format. Reviewer: Phyllis Kennemer, Ph.D.
School Library Journal

PreS- Folksy rhyming stanzas introduce readers to Blue, the eponymous pickup truck, and the barnyard critters he greets as he navigates the country roads near his farmhouse. The first half of the book is an enchanting, toddler-entrancing symphony of animal noises and beeps. The cheerful text mimics the bouncing of the truck, and the warm folk-art illustrations call to mind the paintings of Grandma Moses. Then it begins to rain, and a mean, self-important dump truck enters the story. When the Dump gets mired in the mud and honks for help, he gets no response: "nobody heard/(or nobody cared)." Then Blue drives into the puddle to assist, but also gets stuck. When Blue cries for help, the animals rush to the rescue. From this, the dump truck learns that "a lot depends/on a helping hand/from a few good friends." While the message might be a little heavy-handed, this is still a fun, rollicking story that should find a place in most collections.-Rachael Vilmar, Eastern Shore Regional Library, Salisbury, MD

Kirkus Reviews
Plucky animals rescue stuck truck. As the bright blue truck with headlights like eyes rattles down the country road, all the animals greet it. A big yellow dump truck comes zooming by; after passing Blue, Dump gets stuck in a patch of mud. Blue tries to help, but he gets stuck as well. Lickety split, the cow, the horse, the sheep, the chicken-all the farm animals-pitch in to free the two vehicles. They can't quite budge the trucks until the big green toad (pictured knee-deep in mud in a muscleman pose) joins the team. Out pop the trucks. Dump learns a valuable lesson-"a lot depends on a helping hand from a few good friends"-and Blue gives the animals a lift back to the farm. Schertle's rhythmic text-accented on the page by judiciously applied colored inks-fairly chants itself. McElmurry's vibrant illustrations, in gouache on watercolor paper, recall Cooney and Burton in palette, line and design. This crisp rendition of a familiar scenario is sure to become a storytime favorite. (Picture book. 3-6)
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"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, naïveté and sweetness, and her rich palette achieves verisimilitude that is no less satisfying for being nostalgic." —Publishers Weekly, starred review (4/28/08) 
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152056612
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/1/2008
  • Series: Little Blue Truck Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 26,432
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Lexile: AD580L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.07 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

ALICE SCHERTLE is an award-winning poet whose much-loved books for children include All You Need for a Beach and All You Need for a Snowman. She lives in Plainfield, Massachusetts.

JILL MCELMURRY  is the celebrated illustrator of Our Nest by Reeve Lindbergh as well as her own Mad About Plaid and I'm NOT a Baby! She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    Great Story

    This is a great story plus it has a good message about being nice to others. Just because it's about a truck doesn't mean it is just for boys. My daughter loves all the animals (plus their noises) that the blue truck greets!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 28, 2013

    This book is beautifully designed, sends a good message AND if w

    This book is beautifully designed, sends a good message AND if we don't read it to my son every single night he throws a fit. He requests it by name, "beep, beep" it's the first thing he points to every morning he loves this and the Little Blue Truck in the City.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2012

    My son LOVES this book - the pictures, the story, and the fact I

    My son LOVES this book - the pictures, the story, and the fact I have a differnt voice for both trucks and all the animals. We fell upon this book when it was a deal for a few dollars more if you bought two children's books. Excellent book - highly recommend for the kiddos!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 14, 2015

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    Little Blue Truck By by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry I kno

    Little Blue Truck
    By
    by Alice Schertle, Jill McElmurry




    I know that I don’t normally do reviews on children’s books, but this Christmas I came across a book that has taken our house by storm.  Little Blue Truck is a story about a friendly little blue pick up truck and a big yellow dump truck, along with a few barnyard animals.  None of the characters are really big on long speeches and even big on words.  Each of the animals know what they say, the little blue truck says “Beep”, and the big Dump says “HONK”.  But what is most important is that they have a lot to say about how to treat other people in kindness, through action.
    As an adult, I can talk all day about a children’s book, but I had two young readers at Christmas that provided me with a review that I could not have otherwise imagined.
    Reader One – Dakota, age two.
    When I first found this book, I bought it for my young nephew who I had never met. He is a shy two year old and a man of very few words.  After reading through the book, I loved the story and loved the bright illustrations that filled the pages with life that a pre-schooler can comprehend.  The day I introduced Dakota to Little Blue Truck, his doe eyes widen with the reading of the first page.  The normally silent young man immediately started to repeat the sounds that Little Blue made and turned to his dad saying “Azul, Azul”, pointing at the truck.  (Oh yes, even though he is the silent type, he is also bi-lingual.) His dad looked over Dakota’s head with tears in his eyes.  It was Dakota who later pointed out to us that it was raining on the page when he kept pointing at the page and saying “agua.”  By the end of the day, we had managed to read through Little Blue Truck four or five times, with all the sound effects and with much giggling.  He had a new friend and a new aunt, both were wonderful things in my eyes.
    Reader Two – William, age fourteen months.
    After the wonderful experience with Dakota, I decided to buy Little Blue Truck, again, for our young grandson for Christmas.  Christmas morning the living room was all awash with paper, ribbon, boxes and toys.  When the box with Little Blue Truck was opened, William happened to be sitting in my lap, “JOY”.  I immediately opened the book to show it to him while waiting for his next gift.  Once again, the eyes opened wide with the opening lines and sounds of the first page.  “little blue truck goes BEEP.”  He looked at me, smiled and said “Bip”.  I knew he was hooked.  He sat mesmerized all the way through the book.  When I got to the page where the big dump truck came through with a “HONK!!!”  He laughed, and tried his best to honk, and made me repeat it several times.  He loves his dump truck.  All the way to the end of the book, he followed Blue and Dump, then flipped the book back to the beginning.  
    More presents came along, but he kept coming back to Little Blue Truck.  
    Now weeks later, Little Blue Truck still comes out several times a day to be read.  It has become his favorite book.  
    Kevin, William’s four year old brother loves the book almost as much as his younger brother.  I ran across a floor sized copy of the book and got it for Kevin, who loves the book very much and enjoys the huge pages.
    I would recommend this book for any person wishing to entice their young toddler with a book.  The focus is on sounds, but has a wonderful, simple story of kindness and taking care of your friends.  The language is straight forward and is not lost on the young reader.
    Our entire family awards this book SEVEN stars out of FIVE stars.  

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    Highly recommended

    Such a cute book! Teaches a great lesson as well

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2013

    Highly recommended.

    I often give this book for new-baby gifts, often with a little toy blue truck!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2013

    So cute

    I love this book. My 19 month old loves the animals and the rhymes. I would highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    I love this book and so does my son. I've bought it for several

    I love this book and so does my son. I've bought it for several other kids as well because we love it so much!
    Sends a great message to treat others with kindness!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2012

    My two year old knows this book by heart, forward and back. Beep

    My two year old knows this book by heart, forward and back. Beep, Beep, Beep! Thanks for this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2012

    My daughter LOVES this book! We read it so much that she has st

    My daughter LOVES this book! We read it so much that she has started to read it to me from memory and she is only 2. Really fun rhyming and animal sounds.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Nice story

    Very good message on this story, my daughter loves it.

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  • Posted October 5, 2012

    Really cute book!

    Boys and girls will love this book. Really cute!

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  • Posted June 27, 2012

    My two year old grandson absolutely loves "the Little Blue

    My two year old grandson absolutely loves "the Little Blue Truck" and while you are reading it he finishes the sentences. I was so happy to find another Little Blue Truck Leads The Way, which I purchased today. I sincerely hope the author continues the series. I will certainly buy more.

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  • Posted May 25, 2012

    My son who is 4 has had this book for over 2 years and still enj

    My son who is 4 has had this book for over 2 years and still enjoys the book. We have read it so much that he has it memorized. He can now "read" the book to all by himself!

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    My grandson loves this book and asks for it all of the time. We

    My grandson loves this book and asks for it all of the time. We enjoy making the animal noises together.

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Highly recommend

    A fun book to read. My daughter smiles at the sounds (4 months old). I am so happy I bought it.

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  • Posted May 10, 2012

    We bought this book because we got in as a special on here when

    We bought this book because we got in as a special on here when you bought 2 others and I am so glad we did! It's a fantastic book! I love the rhyming and my 20 month old son loves the animal sounds and beeps! This is a must have for toddlers!!

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    First time through this book, our 2 1/2 year old was engaged wit

    First time through this book, our 2 1/2 year old was engaged with the story & he usually can't sit still. Being a truck lover, he was very concerned for the big dump truck and said "Look out big truck" when we first came to the page where the dump truck gets stuck. Now, being a fan of this little book, when our boy is stuck, he says "I'm stuck...Beep Beep Beep". This little book has already made some great memories!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2012

    Highly Recommend - Son's new favorite!

    We got this book for my son when he was about 18 months old... It has become a bedtime (and any time) story staple sense! Reading flows well, and the images are interesting (lots of animals and trucks) that you can visit with your kid about as well. This book really helped my son associate noises with specific animals -- and trucks of course!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    good young child's book

    I guess you don't know that my order for this book was not fulfilled and won't be. Even though I know it is in your stores, I was told it could not be gotten on line and told to purchase it at a store. I would, but am partially blind and am dependent on transportation. The nearest store is 35 miles away. I became a member so I could have books shipped. I'll have to order this item elsewhere.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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