Little Blue Truck’s Springtime

Alice Schertle, illus. by Jill McElmurry. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $12.99 (16p) ISBN 978-0-544-93809-0
Schertle and the late McElmurry’s lightly anthropomorphic blue truck returns for a joyful springtime lift-the-flap outing. As the Little Blue Truck travels through an idyllic farm landscape, readers can look beneath large flaps to discover newborn animals underneath (“Who’s out swimming in a line?/ Yoo-hoo, Duck and ducklings nine!”). The cheerful scenes offer plenty of opportunities for animal identification and counting (Sheep has just given birth to twins, 10 piglets share a muddy sty with Mama Pig), and a closing scene brings together all the little ones for a festive finale that sees them decked out in floral garlands. Up to age 3. (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/27/2017
Release date: 01/02/2018
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