Good Night, Little Blue Truck

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Friends weather a storm together in reassuring bedtime tale.

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Educational Value

Describes the sounds of storms ("Thunder crashing! Lightning flashing!"). Explains that rainstorms help the plants grow. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

Toad and Blue are generous and kind and help their friends when they're scared, in trouble, or need a ride home. 

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What 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. 

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What's the story?

In GOOD NIGHT, LITTLE BLUE TRUCK, a nighttime storm begins, with thunder and lightning, and Toad and Little Blue Truck dash into their garage, where its safe, warm, and dry. Then one by one their animal and bird friends come asking if they can take refuge there, too. "'Moo!' said Cow. 'Can I come in too?/ I feel safer here with you!'" Once inside, they start to feel braver. When the storm passes, Toad and Little Blue truck drive the friends home, one by one. "'Beep!' said Blue. 'Just hop inside./ All aboard for the bedtime ride.'" After saying goodnight to each animal freind, Toad and Blue go back home to the garage and and fall asleep. 

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!

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the sounds of a storm in Good NIght, Little Blue Truck. What sounds have you heard during a storm? Are they exciting or scary? W

  • Why do the animals gather in the garage during the storm? How does being together with friends help when you're scared? 

  • What's good about a storm? How does rain help the plants? 

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