1. “Little Blue Truck” by Alice Schertle


My son got this book around his first birthday and even though it’s been exploited pretty much immediately, you would think, we gladly come back to it  from time to time. By now, my son has basically learned the story by heart and we read it together.

The book was a gift from my mother-in-law. At first I thought: Perfect! Grandma knows that Victor loves cars. On second thoughts, I wasn’t really sure. Judging from the illustrations, by Jill McElmurry, the truck was not a speedy modern vehicle my son would usually get attracted to. We gave the book a chance, though.

I could not believe the joy we both got from this rhythmical read-aloud! The story, filled with onomatopoeic words, like animal sounds and car noises, can captivate boys and girls alike,  and is pure delight for both, babies and preschoolers. The rhymes, pacing and the whole flow of the story is commendable. And on top of all that, the story has a message. As the cheeky dump truck learned the hard way, “a lot depends on a helping hand of a few good friends”. Not a bad thing to teach to our children.

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