Little Blue Truck's Springtime (Little Blue Truck)

by Alice Schertle (Author) Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Little Blue Truck's Springtime (Little Blue Truck)
Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
Celebrate the beauty of springtime with Little Blue Truck! Young fans will love finding all sorts of baby animals beneath the flaps in this delightful novelty board book. Beep! Beep! Peep!

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Publishers Weekly

Schertle and the late McElmurry's lightly anthropomorphic blue truck returns for a joyful springtime lift-the-flap outing. As the Little Blue Truck travels through an idyllic farm landscape, readers can look beneath large flaps to discover newborn animals underneath ("Who's out swimming in a line?/ Yoo-hoo, Duck and ducklings nine!"). The cheerful scenes offer plenty of opportunities for animal identification and counting (Sheep has just given birth to twins, 10 piglets share a muddy sty with Mama Pig), and a closing scene brings together all the little ones for a festive finale that sees them decked out in floral garlands. Up to age 3. (Jan.)

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School Library Journal

PreS-K—Little Blue Truck and his friend Toad take a drive on a pretty spring day and they encounter an array of animals on their way. The illustrations are done in a folk-art style. Pastel pink and purple colors and the presence of flowers throughout add to the book's cheerful seasonal look. The artwork successfully captures the progression through the addition of animal passengers as the trip develops and a series of flaps that can be lifted to reveal an assortment of hidden baby animals. The narrative has a simple and effective rhyme scheme and pairs with the illustrations seamlessly. VERDICT A great choice for encouraging young children to learn to identify animals and reinforce counting skills. This book is a fun read to celebrate the spring season.—Deanna Smith, formerly at Mamaroneck Public Library, NY

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Review quotes

"The cheerful scenes offer plenty of opportunities for animal identification and counting, and a closing scene brings together all the little ones for a festive finale that sees them decked out in floral garlands."-Publishers Weekly, review, 11/24/2017

"A great choice for encouraging young children to learn to identify animals and reinforce counting skills."—School Library Journal, review

"A vernal celebration...Beautifully rendered two-page tableaux teem with butterflies, blossoms, and vibrant pastel, springtime colors."—Kirkus
Alice Schertle
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.
Classification
Fiction
ISBN-13
9780544938090
Lexile Measure
370L
Guided Reading Level
N/A
Publication date
January 20, 2018
Series
Little Blue Truck

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