The Old Blue Pickup Truck


As a girl and her father run errands in their old blue pickup, she discovers how many different ways they can use their truck. They buy tools and she realizes it is like a tool shed. They have a snack in the truck and it is like a restaurant.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This fun story about a father-daughter outing helps parents show kids how running errands can be an adventure.

Content Awareness Factors:

The author doesn't give the little girl a name so it may be harder for some children to identify with the character.

Little Kid Reaction

My daughter picked this book because the cover has the girl in the blue truck with her father and she liked that they were out together. She liked the drawings as they were colorful and yet simple. She enjoyed that the little girl got to spend time with her dad while he was busy doing his chores. In the story they pick up a pig to take home. When they started singing on their way home, it reminded her of something we do. She said it was fun to read about another family doing that.

Parent Reaction

I liked this book because it shows a father and daughter together; these kinds of the stories are typically boys with their dads. I liked that it showed all the things a truck can haul and how much a Dad has to get to help make the outside of your home look nice. I was surprised when she went and read it later by herself again, it showed how much she did like the story.

Type of Book:
This picture book helps kids to think creatively about how things work/what they do.
Educational Themes:

Parents will love showing kids that spending time with them can be must as much fun doing chores as at the amusement park! It also illustrates how kids can help with chores, and also gives kids a chance to look at an object in different ways. The little girl gave new names to things as the function changed. Ask kids what they would put in the truck and call it.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 9
Recommended Age To Read Together:
4 to 8
Age of child:
Read with a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Buy. It's important to include books that have a positive view of a daughter and father relationship in your child's library. This is a good choice for a friends with a daughter and a busy dad.

Title The Old Blue Pickup Truck
Author Candace F. Ransom
Publisher Walker Childrens, Walker Books Group © 2009
Illustrators Jenny Mattheson
ISBN 9780802795915
Material Hard Cover
Genres Family
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