Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Roads, Road Trips, and The Road that Trucks Built

I live in a part of the country that has two seasons--winter and road construction. Never was I more aware of this than on a recent long weekend on the road with cones, detours, and traffic backed up all along the way. 

Were we irritated and impatient? Of course! We are human, after all. But thinking about this new picture book, The Road That Trucks Built, made me appreciate the road-building process. Author Susanna Leonard Hill built this story using the structure of  "The House that Jack Built," with repetition for kids to call out. Hill features each equipment type and in rhyming text tells what each one does, making a book to be read again and again. Adding to the fun are Erica Sirotich's illustrations of the heavy equipment with googly eyes that kids will love. The cover begs to be touched. It has a spinner showing the types of trucks in the book going 'round and 'round like a tire.

Hear more about the book from Susanna herself on the GROG (Group Blog) where I won my copy. Thanks, Susanna & GROG administrators! 

The next time you're stuck in the cone zone, think about all the types of trucks it takes to "make way for the road that trucks built"!