Little Blue Truck by Alice Schertle

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Schema: farm animals, trucks

Text-to-Self Connections: helping someone, cooperating with others

Text-to-Text Connections: Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin: The animals have to cooperate with each other to get what they want.

Rhyming text about farm animals, their sounds, a dump truck, and a little blue truck tucked into realistic fall illustrations.

Cause and effect can be taught showing that because of the rain, the effect is that it was muddy.  Because the dump truck was pushy, rude, and too fast, the effect was that it ran into a ditch.

To solve the problem, all of the animals and the trucks must work together.  The text emphasizes that friends are important.

Personification of the trucks provides a good example of figurative language.

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