Little Blue Truck's Valentine

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Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Helpful truck spreads holiday love and gets some, too.

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Educational Value

Little ones can easily grasp and enjoy the rhyming scheme and name the various animals and the familiar noises they make. 

Positive Messages

Celebrating a card-giving holiday is fun. It's nice to let your friends know you care about them and value their friendship. It's reassuring to find out your friends didn't forget about you and your feelings. 

Positive Role Models

Blue is kind and thorough doing the job of delivering the Valentines. The animals are cheerful and kind, planning a nice holiday surprise for Blue to acknowledge and celebrate their friendship.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Blue Truck's Valentine is part of Alice Schertle's bestselling Little Blue Truck series. True to form, the kind, helpful truck delivers Valentine cards to all his barnyard friends. But will he get any? Young readers will enjoy finding out. Valentines throughout the book are in foil, adding to the special holiday feeling, and there's a gate-folded page at the end to amplify the final surprise. 

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What's the story?

As LITTLE BLUE TRUCK'S VALENTINE begins, Blue is beginning his rounds, delivering Valentines to all his barnyard pals: a polka-dot egg-shaped card for Hen, a pink heart card for Pig, a heart with a horseshoe on it for Horse, a yellow heart with a flower bouquet for Cow, a floating red boat with heart-shaped sails for Duck in his pond, cards with candy hearts for Goat and Sheep. "But Valentine's Day / didn't seem much fun / when he didn't get cards / from anyone." Then when Blue arrives home, he finds that his friends have a Valentine's Day surprise waiting for him. 

Is it any good?

This cute holiday picture book emphasizes friendship, caring, and thinking of others' feelings. Little Blue Truck's Valentine is a charming outing with friendly Blue and his animal friends. Fun cartoon art suits the sweet and simple plot that drives home a warm message. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the custom of exchanging cards shown in Little Blue Truck's Valentine. How is it similar to what happens with your friends and family on this holiday?

  • What's fun about Valentine's Day? Besides getting candy, do you enjoy getting messages of love and friendship? Do you like to make them yourself, or get store-bought cards?

  • Why do you think stories of the Little Blue Truck are so popular? What makes him an appealing character? Would you like to read more books about him?

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