Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Review: Two Tough Trucks by Corey Rosen Schwartz, Rebecca J. Gomez and Hilary Leung


Two trucks off to school for their first day of class.
One riding the brakes. One hitting the gas.
Mack and Rig couldn't be more different.
One loves the fast lane. The other, the off-ramp.

But when they're forced to pair up on their first day of school, can Mack and Rig figure out a way to get along and learn what it really means to be a tough truck?

Our little country school only has two classrooms - one for Kinder through 2nd grade, and one for 3rd through 5th. With tiny classes, kids kind of have to learn to get along with each other despite differences (one of the things we love about it!)

Trucks are a universal way to get kids' attention, and this simple story of individual strengths and working together gets the message across. Mack and Rig may remind children of Lightning and Mater in the movie "Cars", or they may think about "Little Blue Truck," if they have read that. An easy rhyme pattern and lots of action make it a read-aloud that is sure to hold children's attention. Mack and Rig are the clear focus of each illustration, often taking up the whole page - easily visible from the back of the room!

Guest reviews:

Logan (8): "It was bad that they at first sort of didn't like each other. The blue truck thought the red truck was bragging. It was good that they started helping each other."

Sheridan (9): "What was BAD was that the blue truck didn't want to go to school, and that is bad because school is COOL and AWESOME! What was good is that he started to like school because he felt better at school and he did the track thing and he could go backwards."

**Publication date September 17, 2019, so order it now!

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