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What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Describes the sounds of storms ("Thunder crashing! Lightning flashing!"). Explains that rainstorms help the plants grow.
It's good to stay safe and dry inside when there's a storm. When you're scared, gathering with friends can help you feel less scared.
Positive Role Models
Toad and Blue are generous and kind and help their friends when they're scared, in trouble, or need a ride home.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Good Night, Little Blue Truck, by the author-illustrator team of Alice Schertle and Jill McElmurry, is another fun Little Blue Truck story about the helpful truck and his animal friends. This time they rely on one another to get though a stormy night. As in the other books in this series, sounds play a big role, and this time they're not just from the animals and the truck. There's thunder, lightning, and the occasional "Boom!" Eventually the storm passes and Little Blue and Toad drive the animals home to their beds, one by one, and go to sleep. It's a satisfying blend of huddling together in a crisis, soothing fears, and calming down -- great as a read-aloud and a bedtime book.
Is It Any Good?
In this cheerful bedtime book, the familiar barnyard friends make their familiar animal sounds (Quack! Croak! Moo! Cluck!, etc.) and wait out a nighttime storm by relying on one another. The story works on two levels, both as an exciting story of friends gathering together during a crisis and as a soothing rhythmic bedtime motif as Toad and Blue say goodnight to each friend, one by one in the final part. That ending section has the same soothing, sleep-inducing cadence of Goodnight Moon: "Good night, Pig. Here's your pen."/ Good night, Duck."/ Good night, Hen." Works every time!
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