On the Amazon site, under our Grandpa and the Truck book, Barbara T. of Cranston says: “I bought two of these books to give away as gifts. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories will capture a child’s imagination. As a retired reading specialist I am impressed with the vocabulary used and the way each story is introduced with a lesson to be learned. It is a book that can be read a multiple of times and for different purposes. In addition to enjoying Grandpa’s tales, one is given the opportunity to learn about our states. This book can be used to teach a geography lesson. I highly recommend this book!
Know what I especially value in Barbara T’s review? She’s an exepert in her field, a reading specialist of many years’ experience who recognizes this book can be read a ‘multiple of times and for different purposes.’ She likes the vocabulary (I don’t water it down) and the lesson that’s introduced clearly at the beginning of each story. She points out its geographic value, as tool for little ones to learn about our states.
Thank you, Barbara. As a teacher, I tried to hit on all levels–not just put out a cute, fuzzy, feel-good book.
Though I characterize its best audience as the 4-8 crowd, some parents have already introduced their younger ones to it, at age 2 and up..Reading together can’t start too early.
Here’s little one, Tyler Harrington, son of Alicia Stickney Harrington (one of my former students) so happy with Grandpa and the Truck, he’s trying to eat it.
But in next pic, he gets down to serious business pointing out “Twuck…twuck…and big rig (some of the vocabulary little ones will learn in the glossary of terms called “Trucker Talk.”)
Join us on this exciting journey.
We go to Hasbro’s Children’s Hospital soon, to do a reading, complete with truck models and sound effects of jake brakes clicking and air horns blasting..We hope to give little ones facing difficult health problems, a reprieve, if even for a short time.
I love the Grandpa and the Truck books. The story telling ability of Colleen, the author, is wonderful. Because she knows of what she writes, with great knowledge of the subject and writing in general, it is a pleasure to read her books. I also want to compliment the artist, who uses bright colors and demonstrates such action and motion in her water color paintings. The stories make me want to read more. Cant wait for the Pink trucks and hurricane adventures in the next books. It keeps a reader wanting more. And of course the lead trucker, Grampa, is simply the best.