Little Blue Truck

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.
Filled with truck sounds and animals noises, here is a rollicking homage to the power of friendship and the rewards of helping others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152056612
Publisher: HMH Books
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Series: Little Blue Truck Series
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 20,777
Product dimensions: 10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.35(d)
Lexile: AD390L (what's this?)
Age Range: 3 - 5 Years

About 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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"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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Little Blue Truck 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a nice lesson about being nice and helping others. Kids love the "beeps" and animal sounds. Ever though they memorized all the words to story, they contine to want me to read it to them again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Omg! My little brother is 2 and he has this book. Not on my nook, but he actually has it! He loves cars, so of ccourse he'll love the book about the friendly little blue truck! I read it to him almost everyday. He loves it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My grandkids really like this book. I wish the Nook version had a "Read to Me" option. Sweet story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend- a great moral to the story. Suitable for all ages. Especially 2-5 yr olds
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very happy with this book. So cute, love everything about it.
ARam More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
cassinolan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A dump truck is stuck in the mud and rescued by a team of animals that work together to complete a task that could not be done alone.
erineell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The repetitive words and phrases in the Little Blue Truck makes this a great book for beginning readers. Schertle's use of rhyme and onomatopoeia words creates a story flow sound that is rhythmic and fun to read aloud and listen too. The Little Blue Truck is about a friendly truck (Blue) that cares about the animals he passes on the road, unlike the big dump truck (Dump) who is in a rush, putting the animals in danger and caring only about himself. Eventually Dump gets stuck on the road and no animal will help, until Blue comes to offer a hand and gets stuck himself. The animals come to the rescue and get both Blue and Dump out of the mud. The story teaches the value of having friends, especially when one is in need . The illustrations are equally as good as the book, giving the trucks human like qualities and emotions to the animals. The pictures add to the story's overall message. Age Appropriate: 3 to 7 years old. MacDonald, S. (2008). The little blue truck. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
laws on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I just happened to see this book in the children's section in the library where I work. I picked it up and read it. The story was about a truck who who got stuck in the mud while helping the dump truck get out with the help of Blue Truck's friends. Great illustrations and rhyming.
TheMomWhoRuns More than 1 year ago
Busy moms, you better find space on the shelf and carve out some time to read (and re-read) The Little Blue Truck. It’s a wonderful story about the value of friendship and the importance of treating others with kindness. In Schertle’s tale, the reader travels with Blue, greeting his friends with friendly beeps and receiving replies in the form of “Oinks,” “Neighs,” and “Moos.” The story rhymes and flows with ease. The moral is woven through the story from the beginning and was an immediate point of conversation for my five year-old at the book’s end. McElmurry’s illustrations bring the vehicles and farm animals to life, and gives them delightful personalities. They’re all brightly colored and expressive, capturing the action and adding to the charm of the book. The illustrations add to the humor of the story and several make me giggle even after reading it many times now. My personal favorite is the big green toad, with his sparkling teeth and bulging biceps, standing knee-deep in the mud. The first time we read the book was followed immediately by a second read at my son’s request. He enjoyed the characters and the story, noting the Dump’s unpleasant behavior and how kind Blue’s friends were to help push him (and the Dump) out of the mud. This book was an instant favorite in our house for mom and kid(s) alike, as I’m sure it will be in yours, too! Book received by: Gift. Join The Mom Who Runs on the trails of life at!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My two year old loves this book. Great fun for us both!
KYJill More than 1 year ago
My toddler absolutely loves these books! I like the message and the artwork is wonderful!
DP10 More than 1 year ago
Such a cute book! Teaches a great lesson as well
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
very nicely illustrated.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I often give this book for new-baby gifts, often with a little toy blue truck!
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I love this book. My 19 month old loves the animals and the rhymes. I would highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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My two year old knows this book by heart, forward and back. Beep, Beep, Beep! Thanks for this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.