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LITTLE BLUE TRUCK LEADS THE WAY by Alice Schertle

LITTLE BLUE TRUCK LEADS THE WAY

By Alice Schertle (Author) , Jill McElmurry (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 7

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-15-206389-4
Publisher: Harcourt

Little Blue is back, here the innocent instigator of a tremendous traffic jam (Little Blue Truck, 2008). While Little Blue is in awe over the size and speed of the city, the sight of such a country bumpkin is too much to bear for many of the self-absorbed city vehicles, who angrily tell Little Blue to “Shove on, Shorty.” But in their rush to get somewhere, they forget an important detail that the little truck points out: “You might be fast / and I might be slow, / but one at a time / is the way to go.” In the end, Little Blue saves the day for the mayor, untangles the traffic snafu and earns the city vehicles’ respect. McElmurry’s wonderfully retro gouache illustrations lend personality to each of the vehicles. Readers truly get a sense of movement—the back ends of the vehicles are a streaky blur, while their exhaust pipes spew smoke and the street sweeper fills the page with dust clouds. Still, the let’s-all-get-in-line message may well pall with youngsters, if not their teachers. (Picture book. 3-7)