Farmer Dale is hauling a load of hay into town when, one by one, he meets some bossy barnyard animals looking for a lift. The kindly farmer lets them all squeeze in, but then his trusty truck breaks down and everyone is stranded. That is, until they get over their differences and pull together to get that old red rig moooooving again.
Full of raucous, rhythmic language, this exuberant story is certain to become a read-aloud favorite with families and children everywhere.
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LISA WHEELER has written many picture books, including her first collaboration with Ivan Bates, One Dark Night. She lives near Detroit, Michigan.
IVAN BATES is the illustrator of Lisa Wheeler's One Dark Night, as well as Just You and Me and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, both by Sam McBratney. He lives in England.
PreSchool-Grade 2–Rhyming text and large watercolor-and-pencil-crayon illustrations tell the story of Farmer Dale, his old red truck, and animals on their way to a talent show in town. An accommodating dog, the farmer stops to give everyone a lift, no matter the creature's disposition or size. First he meets a bossy cow who demands that he "Mooove over!" Next to join them is a singing sheep, and then a skating pig and an accordion-playing goat. At last the load proves too much for the old pickup. The commotion over what to do is settled when Bossy Cow jumps behind the wheel and Farmer Dale pushes the overloaded vehicle. Eventually everyone helps, and the bovine admits that Farmer Dale should steer. Once again the loaded truck rumbles on down to town. With quick brush-and-pencil strokes, the illustrations portray the not-always-flattering human characteristics of the animals, painting additional humor into the story. Particularly revealing is the spread showing the arguing animals crowding next to the thoughtful Farmer Dale. This book will entertain children both at storytimes and one-on-one. –Carolyn Janssen, Children's Learning Center of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH
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Book Description Harcourt Children's Books, 2004. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152023194
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