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Summary: Livingston Brumble wants to know how it feels to ride in a truck. He's tried all kinds of trucks, but none of them are like his dad's semi-truck. When all of the Dad's were coming to school to talk about their jobs, Livingston thought he'd FINALLY get a chance to ride in that truck. But Dad was away, would he miss this chance, too? This is a family-oriented story about wanting to follow in Dad's footsteps.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, playtime reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with a child 4½ years old.
Young Reader Reaction: Our preschooler really liked this story and asked us to read it again "right away." S/He also likened it to a tale she'd recently heard on Reading Rainbow, so several elements of the plot were fresh in his/her mind.
Adult Reader Reaction: This was a nice story. It's rather predictable, but still good.
Pros: This is a great dad-and-me book. The story offers opportunities to ask a child questions (i.e., empathize), thus adding value to the material.
Cons: None, really.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a nice story, but it isn't one that kids (or parents) will turn to as a perennial favorite.
Educational Themes: The story has several layers that offer exploration: family life with a dad that's on the road; understanding and recognizing someone else's feelings; learning about the jobs/careers of family members; and, last but not least, exploring what "we" want to be when we grow up.
Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, family