Growing Book by Book participated in a summer book exchange hosted by The Educators’ Spin On It. Twenty different bloggers exchanged a children’s book and follow-up activity with a partner. Our partner was The New Vincent Family. So, what book did we get? Take a look…
Little Blue Truck by Alice Schetle and Jill McElmurry has been a favorite of my 19 month old now for the past two months. And, I have to admit, it’s probably my favorite one to read to him too. Little Blue travels through the country saying, “Beep, Beep, Beep,” to all the animals that greet him. Then along comes a not so friendly dump truck which gets stuck in the mud. As he cries, “Honk,” for help, the animals ignore the plea. When Little Blue comes along and tries to help, he gets stuck too. As he calls, “Beep, Beep, Beep,” the animals come to help push him and the dump truck out of the muck. Dump truck learns an important lesson about being nice and having friends to help you out of tough spots. The book ends with Little Blue taking all the animals back home.
I love the message of kindness in this book. It has great rhythm which makes reading it aloud so fun. Since my son is really into animal sounds, it fits the bill in that department too.
The New Vincent Family sent us a 2 pictures of a blue truck, an empty cereal box and a piece of ribbon to create our own truck to pull. We were also given an assortment of farm animals to pull in our truck.
We were able to work on identifying animals and imitating their sounds during this activity. The New Vincent Family also suggested that we could work on color words since the text of what each animal says in the story is a different color.
It’s great to have another copy of this book, since our original is getting a little worn. We are also excited to check out the newer Little Blue Truck Leads the Way.
Have you ever participated in a book exchange? If so, what book(s) did you send or receive? We are always looking for ideas for next time!
Stay tuned to see what Growing Book by Book sent The New Vincent Family and for an opportunity to receive a special care package sent to your house from Growing Book by Book!