#48 in an ongoing series of posts celebrating the alphabet
Start the engines.
Lift and load.
Shift the gears and
hit the road.
Vroom! Rumble! Zoom!
Maybe you’re already wondering: could there actually be a different kind of truck for each letter of the alphabet? What about Q, V, X, and Z? We all know how much they love to cause trouble.
Relax. Clever Samantha has got those rascals covered, and along with the familiar pickup truck, tow truck, and cement mixer, she throws in quite a few less commonly known vehicles to keep things interesting: knuckle-boom truck, lowboy, winch truck.
A is for apple truck,
carting produce to the store.
B is for box truck,
with a rolling rear door.
They’re all described in jaunty rhyming couplets that explain each truck’s job, while O’Rourke’s crackerjack retro-style illustrations show the trucks in action, two per double page spread. Young readers will enjoy studying each scene, especially because the upper and lower case letters take on a life of their own — sitting in apple trees, bouncing along the street, being picked up by a crane or carried by movers one by one.
True alphabet lovers know that letters are alive and have distinct personalities. When so winsomely hand drawn, they easily become characters in the drama along with the trucks. I like the powerful ore truck with its heavy load of copper-colored O’s, the big E being lifted by the elevator truck, the stately L’s lined up on the lowboy truck. And those Ms sliding down the mixer truck’s chute? Adorable! Needless to say, the I-shaped ice cream cones are triple yum.
Oh, you’ll have to read the book yourself to find out about our tricky truck friends Q, V, X and Z.
This lighthearted celebration of alphabetical trucks, packed with fun opportunities for letter recognition, vocabulary building, creative storytelling, and seriously ramping up one’s truck savvy, will fuel enthusiasm for land vehicles that haul, lift, grab, move, mix, dump, plow, tow, and vacuum. Great way to keep young motors hum hum humming while learning their ABCs.
The ice cream truck had me craving some real edibles on wheels. Why not double your pleasure with a few truck cookies and cakes, not to mention a truck made of chocolate or one carrying sushi? Best way to roll!
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♥ A TASTY TRAY OF TRUCKY TREATS ♥
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written by Samantha R. Vamos
illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke
published by Charlesbridge, August 2013
Picture Book for ages 3-6, 32 pp.
Cool themes: Transportation, trucks, alphabet.
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Katya is hosting today’s Roundup at Write. Sketch. Repeat. Rev up your engines and have fun checking out the full menu of poetic goodness being serving up in the blogosphere. VROOM!
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♥ More Alphabetica here.
*Spreads from Alphabet Trucks posted by permission of the publisher, text copyright © 2013 Samantha R. Vamos, illustrations © 2013 Ryan O’Rourke, published by Charlesbridge. All rights reserved.
Copyright © 2013 Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. All rights reserved.