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Old Blue Pickup Truck
     

Old Blue Pickup Truck

by Candice F. Ransom, Jenny Mattheson (Illustrator)
 

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For a little girl, there's nothing better than running errands with Daddy in a trusty old blue pickup truck. When they go to the bakery, Old Blue is a restaurant. When they go to the hardware store, Old Blue is a toolshed. And when they go out to a neighboring farm, Old Blue is a barnyard! A little rain won't stop their fun—or stop them from getting back home

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For a little girl, there's nothing better than running errands with Daddy in a trusty old blue pickup truck. When they go to the bakery, Old Blue is a restaurant. When they go to the hardware store, Old Blue is a toolshed. And when they go out to a neighboring farm, Old Blue is a barnyard! A little rain won't stop their fun—or stop them from getting back home to Mommy safe and sound.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
On a bright sunny morning a little girl and her Dad set out in their blue pickup for a variety of errands. They stop for bacon sandwiches and hot chocolate, buy flowers and seeds at the nursery, tools at the hardware, wood at the lumberyard, grain at the farm store, and a baby pig from a local farmer. As the truck bed fills the little girl comments, in turn, that the truck has become a restaurant, garden, tool shed, lumberyard, feed store, and barnyard. On their way home it begins to rain and the little girls saves the day by offering her newly purchased plastic tablecloth as a tarp to protect their wares. Once home Dad builds a pen for the pig and together he and his daughter wash and polish the faithful blue truck. This idyllic, simple tale is a pleasant recounting of a busy day shared by father and daughter. Bright oil on primed paper illustrations have clean lines and a cheerful sunny appearance. Maybe not a first purchase but a gentle, homey read aloud for father and daughter to share. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2

A girl and her dad spend the day running errands, filling up their old blue pickup truck in the process. In the course of their travels, Old Blue is turned into a restaurant, garden, toolshed, feed store, and barnyard, among other things. On the way home it begins to rain, and the girl saves the day by using her just-purchased plastic tablecloth to cover the contents of the truck bed. The story ends with Old Blue polished, waxed, and looking like new. This enjoyable story is accompanied by oil on primed paper illustrations that have a bright and clean feel. The spreads use a combination of vivid colors including reds, blues, browns, and greens with ample white space and plenty of details to enhance the text. Pair this title with Lauren Thompson's The Apple Pie That Papa Baked (S & S, 2007) for a father-themed storytime.-Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH

Kirkus Reviews
This quaint, sweet offering presents the simple story of a father and daughter running errands together in their blue pickup truck. The daughter describes their visits to such places as the nursery, the hardware store and a farm where they pick up plants, building supplies and a pig. In the daughter's mind, these purchases transform the old blue pickup into, among other things, a garden, a toolshed and a farm. As father and daughter make their way home, it begins to rain. They cover the bed with a plastic tablecloth, and by the time they get home the sun has come back out. The tireless pair decides to do some planting, build a house for the pig and, finally, polish up their trusty truck. Mattheson's oil-on-primed paper illustrations-characterized by clean lines, bright colors, plenty of open space and somewhat stylized figures-add to the old-fashioned feel of the text. A positive portrayal of a father/daughter relationship sure to be popular where demand for truck books is high-and where is it not? (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802795915
Publisher:
Walker & Company
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

CANDICE F. RANSOM has written over 100 books, including Tractor Day and Pony Island. She received her MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with her husband. www.candiceransom.com

JENNY MATTHESON has illustrated five picture books, including The Mouse, The Cat, and Grandmother's Hat by Newbery Award–winner Nancy Willard. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from The Art Institute of Boston, and she now lives in Berkeley, California, with her husband. www.jennymattheson.com

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