Sunday, June 1, 2014

June Book of the Month: Little Blue Truck


Little Blue Truck

by Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry

Little Blue is a friendly pick up truck that always take the time to beep "hello" to all his animal friends along the way.  A rude yellow dump truck speeds by, too busy and too "important" to stop and say "hi" to Little Blue or any of the barnyard friends.  All of a sudden, Yellow Dump Truck gets stuck in the mud and nobody hears (or cares) responds to his cries.  The friendly Blue Truck hears him and comes to the rescue, but gets stuck in the mud too!  Little Blue beeps his horn, a familiar tone to all his barnyard friends, and they come to help.  After the trucks are rescued, Little Blue gives his friends a ride home.  Yellow Dump learns how to be a good friend.  Beautifully detailed pictures, mostly colored in earth tones, allow Little Blue's bright blue color stand out.  The words flow and rhyme bringing the story to life. Hope you enjoy! 
Little Blue Truck Sensory Bin
How perfect is this sensory bin?  Children can help Little Blue and the yellow dump truck get out of the mud.   All you need is a few toy trucks, a bin (or as shown a cake pan) and cheap $1.00 store coffee grounds.
Image & Idea Source: Crayon Freckles

Little Blue Truck Art Activity
Free truck printable coloring pages from I Heart Crafty Things can be colored blue and then painted with "mud" brown.  Add some barn yard animal stickers, cut outs or drawings to complete this masterpiece.
Image and Activity source: I Heart Crafty Things
Dump Truck Snack
Hungry after all that reading, crafting and playing?  Make these dump truck snacks to quiet those rumbling bellies.  Learn how at The Picky Apple.
Image and idea source: The Picky Apple

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