cars, Trains

Trucker and Train By Hannah Stark


Back of Book:
Trucker, the big rig, loves to rule the road with his size, strength, and mighty horn. The other vehicles swerve and shake as Trucker blasts past, expecting them to follow along in awe. Then Trucker meets the louder, stronger, and kinder Train. He sees how the other vehicles gleam and swoon when Train is around. And he wonders, Why don’t they ever gleam at me Trucker just wants Train to go away . . . until a broken railroad crossing signal changes everything. Can Trucker use his size and strength for the good of his fellow vehicles before it’s too late?
My Review:
I received a copy of this picture book from author Hannah Holt in exchange for an honest review.
Every year I have several students who are mildly obsessed with big trucks and or trains. They are going to be thrilled with this story. The story follows Trucker who is the leader of the road. He believes that he is the best until Train comes along. Trucker begins to feel inadequate until he realizes that he may be needed after all. I love the message that everyone brings something important to the table. This allows readers to recognize how important they are. The word choice and examples of onomatopoeia allow the text to be brought to life. I also loved the use of numbers within the pages. The illustrations by Bob Kolar are friendly and colorful! They bring the story to life. This is a perfect book to share at home or in the classroom.
Ages 5 and up
32 Pages

Career Day, cars

Sunny’s Tow Truck Saves the Day! By Anne Marie Pace


When a family car gets a flat on the way to a picnic, help is needed and time is ticking! Cranes are lifting, and pavers are paving. Diggers are digging, and workers are waving. But where is Sunny and her trusty tow truck?

I received a copy of this picture book from author Anne Marie Pace in exchange for an honest review.
This is an engaging and fun book that teaches readers about the different vehicles and the types of workers that drive them. The story follows a family as they begin their journey to have a picnic. Suddenly they get a flat tire and must call Sunny’s Tow Truck. While they wait, the family encounters several types of vehicles such as police cars, fire engines, and diggers. In the end, Sunny saves the day. The illustrations are bright and showcase a diverse family enjoying learning about different vehicles and enjoying time together. I teach a unit on community helpers in my classroom and was so excited to add this to my list of read-aloud books to share with my students. It is an adorable story that all readers will enjoy!
Ages 5 and up
24 Pages


Maxi The Little Taxi By Elizabeth Upton




Back of Book:

It’s Maxi the Taxi’s first day of work. What fun it is to zip and zoom all around the town! SPLASH go the mud puddles! PLIPPITY-PLOP drips the ice cream and mustard from sticky little fingers! Soon Maxi becomes so grimy and gooey that no one wants to ride with him. Who will help this dirty little taxi discover what he needs most? It’s a smart little boy who takes Maxi for a noisy, tickly bath in the car wash!

My Review:  I put this book on my wish list at my school’s May book fair. I was very excited when I got it. It is a sweet story that is loads of fun to read aloud to my class. From a teacher perspective, this is an excellent story to use when teaching figurative language. I loved all the examples of metaphors, simile, and onomatopoeia.  My nephew loved the illustrations, and that Maxi is so happy.  I highly recommended this story.

32 Pages

ages 5 and up

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