October 10, 2012

31 Days of Awesome Kids' Books: Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

The Little Blue Truck is back for a second adventure! This time Little Blue is off to the city.

Towering buildings
scraped the sky.
"Beep!" said Blue.
"The city is high!"

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Unfortunately for Blue, the city is also full of vehicles in a hurry: a bus, a taxi, a limousine, a street sweeper, and a police car all tell Blue to get out of their way.

"Make way!"
yelled a limousine
(the longest car
you've ever seen).
"I've got His Honor
the mayor inside.
I'm important!
Move aside!"

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

But then: the limousine breaks down, and Blue offers to give the Mayor a lift, after reminding all the vehicles that taking turns is the right way to do things. The Mayor gives a speech ("the way mayors do") and thanks Blue for his good advice. Then everyone starts driving one at a time, with Little Blue leading the way.

They rolled along
the avenue
and everyone waved
to Little Blue.
Little Blue Truck Leads the Way

Little Blue Truck Leads the Way is a really sweet story, and like Little Blue Truck, has a nice message to it. It's also gorgeously illustrated - I love the "faces" on all the cars, and the beautifully rendered details of the background scenes. Eleanor likes both of these books a lot, but this one is probably a little better for slightly older kids (because of the bigger words like "limousine" and because the first one comes in a board book edition!).

Rating: 4 out of 5
Recommended ages: 1-5

Have you read Little Blue Truck? What's your favorite car-related kids' book?

This post is day ten of my 31 Days of Awesome Kids' Books.
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