Welcome back to Perfect Picture Book Friday, everyone!
A week later than I intended, but, you know, stuff happens… and better late than never 🙂
You all know I like rhyming truck books, having written a couple myself and shared more than one of Little Blue Truck’s adventures here. Today I’m thrilled to be sharing one written by two of my very talented friends. I hope you’ll enjoy it!
Title: Two Tough Trucks
Written By: Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca Gomez
Illustrated By: Hilary Leung
Orchard Books, September 17 2019, fiction
Suitable For Ages: 3-5
Themes/Topics: cooperation, compromise, working together, friendship
Opening: “One Mack, revved up and ready to go.
One Rig, a wreck, unsteady and slow.
Two trucks off to school for their first day of class.
One riding the brakes. One hitting the gas.
A beep-beep goodbye.
A Rig holding back, a Mack saying “Hi!””
Brief Synopsis: (from the jacket) “Mack and Rig couldn’t be more different.
One loves the fast lane. The other, the off-ramp. But when they’re forced to pair up on their first day of school, can Mack and Rig figure out a way to get along and learn what it really means to be a tough truck?”
Links To Resources: Transportation Same & Different Cards; Monster Truck Car Wash Song (video); Truck Coloring Pages; make truck-shaped snacks (truck shape made of pancake or cut out of waffle with banana round wheels; sandwich cut in shapes that can be assembled to look like a truck with cucumber round wheels)
Why I Like This Book: this delightful book brings the concept of learning to get along into the world of trucks. What could be more fun? 🙂 Mack and Rig are as different in their skills and personalities as they can be, and at first it seems there’s no hope for them to accomplish anything together. But they learn what we all need to learn: that our differences complement each other and working together is always better than going it alone. The story is engaging with fun to read-aloud rhyme, and the art is warm, bright and appealing. A great choice for little truck-lovers and for kids who need a little encouragement to give potential friends a chance.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do 🙂
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