Little Blue Truck

Written by Alice Schertle
Illustrated by Jill McElmurry

For ages 0 to 5

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This book is best for:
  • adjectives
  • copying sounds
  • describing
  • rhyming
  • teaching kindness


A little blue truck happily drives along the country road, greeting all the friendly farm animals he sees along the way. Suddenly a big dump truck races past, pushing them all out of the way. But the dump truck goes too fast and skids into the mud. Little blue truck comes to the rescue, but ends up getting himself stuck as well! Luckily the friendly farm animals all come to help. They work together to make sure their new friend gets back on the road.

This delightful rhyming book has a clear message on the importance of being polite and kind to others. This story can be used to start a discussion around friendship and the characteristics of being a good friend. Younger children will love joining in and copying all the animal noises as they learn about the different animals we find on a farm.

For more speech and language targets in the Little Blue Truck, see the list below.

Book Details

Narrative Structure: Complete Episode

Story Plot: Character Flaw ; Meeting Tale

  • being polite
  • farm animals
  • friendship
  • kindness
  • manners
  • teamwork
  • transport

Speech and Language Targets

Speech Sounds:
  • /d/ - Dump, duck, road, toad, friend
  • /g/ - goat, gallop, pig, big
  • /h/ - horse, help, honk, heavy, hop
  • /k/ - cow, chicken, truck, chick, duck, quack, stuck
  • /l/ - little, puddle, wheel
  • /l/ blends - blue
  • /m/ - moo, maa, mud
  • /p/ - puddle, push, pig, peep, beep, sheep, dump, help, hop
  • /r/ - road, room, roll,
  • /r/ blends - truck, green, friendly, brown
  • /s/ blends - stuck, swerve, scared
  • /sh/ - sheep, push
  • /t/ - toad, tyres, little, goat
  • adjectives (little blue truck, big fat truck, big green toad)
  • conjunctions (and)
  • regular past tense
  • irregular past tense verbs (came, said)
  • action verbs (push, jump, help)
  • labelling
  • describing
  • differences
  • similarities
  • explaining means to a goal
  • identifying obstacles to an action
  • friendship
  • good behaviour (being friendly and kind, helping others)
  • manners
  • descriptive (big, little, fast, colours, dirty, clean, curve)
  • location (in, on, next to, between)
  • asking for help
  • character description
  • sequencing
  • problem
  • plans
  • resolution
  • moral
  • direct character speech
Rhyme & Sound Awareness:
  • copying sounds
  • rhyme
Book Info

Published by HMH Books for Young Readers in 2015 (ISBN: 9780544568037)

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