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Product Details

  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (March 25, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688104819
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688104818
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 9.6 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this wordless Caldecott Honor book, striking graphics help little ones follow a big red truck on its bustling journey. Ages 4-8.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Follow the big red truck on its cross-country journey in Donald Crew's classic wordless book, perfect for sharing with the very young.

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I bought this book when my son was 18 months old.
K. Kuhnsman
This book has no words, but my son and husband love making up a story every time they read it.
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This book is masterful at telling a story with just the pictures.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kara Reuter on September 14, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book, a 1981 Caldecott Honor book, is a nearly wordless set of pictures that follow a red tractor-trailer truck across country as it makes a delivery. From the black of the end papers, Crews drops the reader immediately into the action as the story begins on the title page with the truck being loaded with colorful boxes of tricycles. From there, the truck begins its journey from New York through the Lincoln tunnel, passing truck stops and gas stations and enduring rain and traffic jams, until it crosses the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco where it unloads its cargo. The illustrations have an intense graphic quality, with sharp geometric shapes, heavy dark lines, and intense blocks of color. The style evokes the abstract shapes of road signs and intense colors of roadside attractions. The illustrations, printed on glossy paper, stretch across both pages and bleed to the edge of the page, drawing the reader further in to explore the pages. Children learning to read will be able to recognize many words in the road signs and on trucks and vans. Non-readers will enjoy spotting the red truck on each new page. The embedded storyline encourages children to follow a sequence of steps in a larger process, while the absence of words encourages children to elaborate on the action, making up their own stories to accompany the images.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "charlie4" on June 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
When I ask my 3 year old son Charlie to choose three books for bedtime reading, this book is invariably chosen from his truck shelf of books. The book documents a tractor trailer's trip, using signs, light signals and lots of traffic and highways. He loves it and so do I. This book also won a Caldecott Medal for illustrations when it was first published. Highly recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Kuhnsman on July 23, 2001
Format: Board book
I bought this book when my son was 18 months old. He had NO interest at all in sitting still to look at books. He took one look at all those TRUCKS and was transfixed. From the day I brought this book home he showed a greater interest in his other books and at 3 1/2 he is an avid "reader".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By taxdeductiblesensation on April 17, 2014
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Exploding onto the literary scene in 1980, "Truck" ranks among the best works of such luminaries as Twain, Voltaire, and Solzhenitsyn. Crews' seminal text will subvert the reader's preconceived notions regarding race, class, gender, power, and morality, while cleverly examining the interplay between these concepts in the framework of both physical space and philosophical dimensions. The result is a semantic tableau that is both so complex as to be opaque, and thus unknowable, while being so clear as to be reflective, and thus acting as a mirror that uncompromisingly reflects both the reader and society at large.

Few works challenge the dominant paradigms of prevailing superstructures as thoroughly as this book. But "Truck" is far more than a mere tract or simple call to action; it is also an intensely personal work that will leave the reader forever changed. Whether a scathing attack on all a complacent and decaying society takes for granted, or a piercing incision into the darkest depths of individual's soul, "Truck" is a work of such power that one needs not question whether or not they should read it, as chances are, it has influenced the world in such a way that one cannot have remained untouched by its legacy.

Be sure to also check out "School Bus," "Freight Train," and "Inside Freight Train" from the same author.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By mudpie1598 on October 2, 2005
Format: Board book
I was able to use this book for a "Transportation" unit used in our Reading Program. It's full of colorful pictures and encourages children to come up with imaginative sentences and/or phrases. It helps students who are not able to read as well let you know what is going on in each picture. It helps with their visual comprehension and re-telling of stories without reading. This is a book that is great for "bilingual" students as well. It helps with their limited English and repeats words to aid in their visual literacy.

Students are enthusiastic and encouraged to think about what will happen next? From the first page we see a huge truck full of bicycles and we follow the truck on its journey to delivering the trucks to a store. Along its journey we are shown different scenery such as busy streets, busy highways, tunnels, rainy weather, the country, and what looks like San Francisco (bridges).

This book is also helpful in teaching students different transportation devices in our streets as well as reading street signs for safety. Wrong Way, One Way, and Stop signs are apparent in the pictures. As well, as cardinal directions such as North, East, West, (South doesn't appear, but could be taught).

It helps students/children learn about environmental print. This type of print is print that we see all around us on a day-to-day basis. Although, you may think that Environmental Print is not important, it actually is in helping students read. Colorful signs are displayed in the book with nonsense words, but it helps students read and predict what the signs could be used for.

Another idea in using this book could be for a farming/produce unit to help students/children understand how products such as milk, cheese, tomatoes, breads, and meat get to our supermarkets;A lot of students/children are unaware of this process.
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