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Trucker and Train Hardcover – Picture Book, August 6, 2019
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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?
Perfect for fans of Little Blue Truck and Loren Long’s Otis stories, Trucker and Train is a classic in the making.
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"With frequent onomatopoeia, debut author Stark handles Trucker’s complex emotions with gentle sympathy....You don’t have to rule the road to be a hero, Stark and Kolar suggest, and that’s probably for the best."—Publishers Weekly
"The relationship between the trucker and other vehicles illustrates the complex dynamic of jealousy, admiration, and friendship among peers. A wonderful and fun addition to any library collection."—School Library Journal
About the Author
Bob Kolar has illustrated many picture books, including The Little Fire Truck by Margery Cuyler and Hey-Ho, to Mars We’ll Go! by Susan Lendroth. He creates toys, games, TV shows, and other fun things for kids. He
lives in Missouri with his wife, Lisa. Visit him online at bobkolarbooks.com and on Instagram @bobkolar.
- Publisher : Clarion Books; Illustrated edition (August 6, 2019)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 40 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0544801814
- ISBN-13 : 978-0544801813
- Reading age : 4 - 7 years
- Lexile measure : AD510L
- Grade level : Preschool - 3
- Item Weight : 14.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 11 x 0.36 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #198,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Trucker" wants to be the biggest, strongest vehicle on the road. Then he meets "Train," who is far stronger and faster. But Trucker notices that other vehicles actually LIKE Train, and he starts trying to be friendly like Train because he wants cars to like him, too. When that doesn't work as planned, he's sad, but then he sees Train in trouble and, without being asked, he rushes to the rescue! Train is grateful, and Trucker is proud of himself. Trucker learns that he doesn't have to be the biggest, strongest vehicle to be appreciated for what he can do.
ALSO, and this is SO fun: the author includes sound effects! That is, whenever Trucker honks or Train whistles, the author spells that out in the book. If you read the words exactly the way the author wrote them, you will actually sound a lot like a truck or train. My husband and I both enjoy doing it so much that we have to take turns.
It's a favorite in our house!
As a teacher, I found many, many ways to use it in my classroom- character education, vocabulary, writing lessons- there are so many teaching opportunities in this book! I can’t wait to share it with my students in September. Very well done!