The friendship of three trucks is told in this early reader. Each truck takes to the road, going up and down the hills outside of the city. Then, the rain arrives. Unfortunately, Dump Truck gets stuck in the mud and cannot get out of the mud mess. Luckily, his friends Green Truck and Blue Truck come to the rescue. The brightly colored illustrations personify the trucks, with the headlights or windshields drawn as eyes. The simple, clear pictures support the text. The text includes some patterned sentences and high frequency words. The text is one to three lines per page, and these are located consistently at the lower left page of the layout. The plot of the story is simple. There is a white rabbit pictured throughout the story; the rabbit seems to be telling the story about the trucks from his perspective. A note at the beginning of the book provides some helpful tips for parents and caregivers who are supporting early readers. For more stories about the truck pals, there are a few more books available in the "Stone Arch Reader" series. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
Melinda Melton Crow has been a first grade teacher for 15 years and a Reading Recovery teacher for nine years. She enjoys teaching children to read and getting to know each student and his or her family.
When she's not teaching or writing, Melinda enjoys traveling, gardening, and nice summer weather. Melinda has two wonderful boys with her husband, John. They also have two dogs, Buddy and Lucky. She currently lives with in Plymouth, Minnesota.
Ronnie Rooney is a native of Massachusetts and has a great affinity for the sight, sound, and smell of the Atlantic Ocean. Though she currently resides in sunny Georgia, she hopes to settler in her beloved New England after traveling overseas. Ronnie was recently married and quickly added Roxie, a pound-puppy, to her new family. Ronnie has dedicated herself to creating art since she was a very young girl and she has no plans to slow down.