Big Truck, Little Island

Big Truck, Little Island
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May 03, 2022
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That big truck is stuck! How will the island residents get where they’re going? A tale of community and ingenuity from the celebrated Chris Van Dusen, inspired by a true story.

When a big truck and its big load get stuck on a narrow road, traffic on the little island comes to a halt. Some cars need to go south and some have to travel north. How will Meg get to her swim meet? What about Barry’s ballet class? Luckily, the kidscome up with an ingenious solution: why not just swap cars? Inspired by an incident that happened on Vinalhaven, Maine, Chris Van Dusen tells a fun tale of resourcefulness and community through clever, rhyming wordplay and whimsical illustrations, sprinkled with plenty of cars and trucks for transportation-loving readers.

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charming picture book about community and problem-solving
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BIG TRUCK, LITTLE ISLAND is a cute story of community and sharing. A big rig is carrying a heavy load when it slips off the road. While it is stuck, two cars come on each side and they are all stuck. The kids have somewhere to be, so the four kids meet in the middle and come up with a plan to swap cars in order to get where they need to be. They make the switch, and the big rig is rescued with the surprise reveal of what it was carrying for the whole island.

What I loved: This is a really fun story with rhyming and lyrical text that shows the power of coming together and creative solutions as well as community and sharing. The four children coming together to create a solution was a really charming and inspiring touch that empowers kids to help solve problems. Illustrations are detailed and really capture the story well with plenty to explore visually on each page. The tone of the book is positive and collaborative. Children who enjoy trucks and rhyming text will really delight in this fun read.

Final verdict: A charming, rhyming picture book, BIG TRUCK, LITTLE ISLAND is a clever story about problem-solving, community, and sharing.
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