If you are a Sue Fliess fan like I am, you will be pleased to hear her new interactive book Tons of Trucks, which is illustrated by Betsy Snyder, is coming out this week. Written in fast-paced rhyme and illustrated with surprises, this book will be a sure winner with the youngest set.
Young children absolutely love to read about trucks and construction equipment. They also love interactive books with plenty of items to explore, move and touch. This book has a wealth of scoops to swing and cargoes to reveal (The tar truck is going to be an extra fun surprise, but I won’t spoil it by giving away the secret.) Each vehicle is driven by a cute animal to identify, which will add to the excitement.
Parents will love that the paper is high quality and the pop-ups and pull-outs are carefully engineered to make them easy to move. It will stand up to loving use by young children. Parents may also value the book because, as well as engaging children, the interactive features help develop wee ones’ motor skills.
Tons of Trucks is a special book for small children that you are sure to be reading together again and again.
Check out the cute book trailer:
Bonus activities for the youngsters:
In addition to reading the book, playing with toy cars and trucks can be a fun way to learn. Children may
- Learn or reinforce their knowledge of colors,
- Practice some important math and science skills such as sorting,
- Develop vocabulary.
Pull out an assortment of small toy cars and trucks.
During a break in the play encourage children to sort the cars and trucks into piles by color. Show them how by sorting all the blue cars and trucks into a pile. Then find all the green cars, etc.
Once they have mastered colors, try sorting by size, pointing out the words big and small used in the book.
With a variety of toy vehicles, identify a regular car, race car, a dump truck, a fire truck. Talk about the characteristics, such as the big wheels of a monster truck or the ladder on a fire truck. Show how the vehicles are the same (they all have wheels), and how they are different (trucks have a bed for carrying things).
There’s nothing like a great book to inspire hours of fun!
Ages: Up to 3
Hardcover: 18 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books (Releases July 3, 2012)
Book supplied by the publisher for review purposes.
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