Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry

At some point in life, one comes to the realisation that sometimes, it’s not just about what you know, but also who you know. Thus, nurturing good relationships with the people you meet is always a good idea, especially since you never know when you’ll need their help.

Case in point: the eponymous protagonist in Little Blue Truck, who takes time to exchange friendly greetings β€” “Beep!” β€” with all the various animals he meets along the way.

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In contrast, the large, brash and self-important yellow dump truck, who comes barging down the road, is dismissive of the little blue truck and his friends, and doesn’t bother to acknowledge anyone. When the dump truck literally drives himself into a quandary, however, he realises that everyone needs a helping hand sometimes, and that it really pays to be nice.

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Written in rollicking rhyme, this is a fun and meaningful multilayered read that has something for everyone. For babies and young toddlers, the catchy rhyming stanzas, familiar farm animals, animal sounds and vehicles in the book ensure that the book will be a hit with them; meanwhile, big kids will also appreciate the elements of friendship and teamwork in the story. For teens and grown-ups, what stands out is the stark contrast between the amiable little blue truck and the haughty yellow dump truck, and how the latter would have gotten his comeuppance if it were not for the help that was graciously extended to him by the little blue truck β€” and, by extension, his friends. A great lesson in the timeless adage, ‘A little kindness goes a long way’.

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