The Hunt for Good Children’s Books – Part 8

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TITLE: THE THREE LITTLE RIGS

AUTHOR: DAVID GORDON

ILLUSTRATOR: DAVID GORDON

DESCRIPTION: Three trucks who happen to be brothers set out to make their way in the world in this fresh take on a classic tale. They encounter some serious challenges along the way and in the process learn that sometimes you’ll need the help of good friends. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: My grandson loves this book! Between his parents and I, we must have read it a thousand times (or so it seems). This is a mark of a text that truly engages children and touches something within that keeps them coming back for more. The intriguing shift of context to trucks and the world of big rigs taps a natural interest of young children, particularly boys who often show little interest in books. You are introduced to a variety of big machines from air compressors to cement mixers as each rig seeks out the materials and equipment to build their own homes. It is amazing how quickly children pick up these terms as they are carefully inserted into the text in ways that are meaningful and made visible by the colorful and animated illustrations. By the time you get through this adventure with menacing magnets, wrecking balls, and cruel metal cutters you’ll be cheering these three trucking brothers who persevere, and in the end, find the true meaning of home, sweet, home!

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