Purpose of this Blog...

You may have noticed that not all books are equal in capturing children's imaginations and in cultivating those innocent, tender souls. My goal is to help you find the ones that do!
(Painting by Mary Cassatt: "Mrs Cassatt Reading to her Grandchildren" -1888)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Supertruck to the Rescue!!!!!!

Among my grandson's favorite things right now is a set of matchbox cars and trucks that belonged to my own sons when they were his age.

Ironically, my daughter found the matchbox cars the same week she checked out a new library book that has become another of my grandson's current favorites: Supertruck, by Stephen Savage...

The city is full of brave trucks who help put out fires and fix power lines.

But the garbage truck?  He just collects the trash (and bears an uncanny resemblance to "Clark Kent" - must be the glasses).

When the city is hit by a terrible blizzard, only one superhero can save the day..."Supertruck", who emerges from his secret garage transformed!

Author/illustrator Stephen Savage's simple and colorful style is so much fun!  We love his illustrations for Margaret Wise Brown's The Father's Are Coming Home (which, by the way, is perfect for Father's Day, coming up at the end of this month.)

A few mornings ago, I had to laugh as my two-and-a-half-year-old grandson greeted me with,
 "Hey Grandma - look at my Bucket Truck!"  

Not quite sure what a "bucket truck" was, I looked questioningly at my daughter, and she pointed to the new library book.  Right there in the story was a bucket truck - green like my grandson's - one of the characters in the book!

Lately Supertruck's friend, Bucket Truck, has been accompanying my grandson everywhere: while eating, doing crafts, building "power lines" with his blocks, riding in the car... everywhere!

Great rescue, Supertruck!  Your story is keeping my grandson's imagination alive and his little hands busy!  (Hmm, I guess I'll have to edit my previous post about "Planes, Trains, and Things that Roar" to include "Trucks", too!)


  1. This book looks great! It reminds me of a book Ellie has called, Katy and the Big Snow. I love it because it's a female snowplow who is strong and saves the day. :)

    1. Yes! Such a classic. I LOVE all Virginia Lee Burton's books. She generally gave her machines a female personality/name. Katy, Maybelle the Cable Car, and Mary Anne (from Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel)>>>http://goodbooksforyoungsouls.blogspot.com/2010/05/two-authors-living-unconventional.html