The Old Truck
The Old Truck

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Annotation: On a small family farm, an old truck falls into disrepair and lies nearly forgotten, except by the family's daughter. The truck has been part of her daydreams as she grows up and develops strength and independence. As an industrious young woman, she pulls the rusted and overgrown vehicle from its almost-grave and restores it.
Catalog Number: #205940
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: W. W. Norton
Copyright Date: 2020
Edition Date: 2020
Pages: 48
Availability: Available
New Title: Yes
ISBN: Publisher: 1-324-00519-X Perma-Bound: 0-7804-7206-3
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-324-00519-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-7206-8
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2019027692
Dimensions: 28 cm
Language: English
Reviews:
Publishers Weekly
In the Pumphrey brothers- debut, an old truck-s maturation mirrors a brown-skinned girl-s growth into adulthood. -On a small farm, an old truck worked hard,- the narrative begins as illustrations reveal the family-s corresponding exertion, loading bushel baskets filled with veggies into the truck-s bed. As -the old truck rested,- weeds slowly covering its wheels, then its body, it also serves as a vehicle for the child-s imagination (-The old truck sailed the seas,/ braved the skies,/ and chased the stars-). As the young woman matures, she finishes rebuilding a tractor she began working on with her father, becomes -a new farmer,- and employs the tractor in towing the truck, then restoring it. The narrative comes full circle as the old truck, now repainted and running, works hard once again alongside the farmer and her own daughter. The illustrations, created from more than 250 stamps, resonate in spare compositions and mellow earth tones. A celebration of diligence and grit, the quiet text conjures a cyclical Giving Tree-reminiscent relationship, but with a healthier, deeply loving dynamic. Ages 3-5. (Jan.)
School Library Journal Starred Review
PreS-Gr 1 The Pumphrey brothers crafted more than 250 individual stamps to create splendid retro, full-bleed illustrations to accompany the saga of a farm truck's life. The red pickup is a mainstay in the family, as a young girl helps her parents with crops and critters. When the vehicle is no longer reparable, it sits abandoned near her bedroom window. She dreams of it converting into a tow for her submarine, a helicopter, or taking her to outer space. The girl grows up as the book progresses. The truck is covered by snow, then foliage, then disappears into long grasses. Many seasons later, the young woman restores the truck to assist her own running of the farm. VERDICT The simple text in this gentle chronicle of years blazes with the power of family, determination, and perseverance. Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Featuring spare, simply rendered prose and illuminated by bright, lovely art, this endearing picture book follows a beloved farm truck over the years, alongside the experiences of the daughter of the farm family. "On a small farm, an old truck worked hard," the story opens, as a Black family loads up the cheery red truck with produce on a spring morning and unpacks empty bushels as fall rolls in. Nightfall brings sleep and dreams, as the truck and the girl embark on fanciful adventures together, exploring ocean, sky, and beyond. However, gradually, the truck falls into disrepair, and the detailed illustrations progressively show time passing owy bare-branch trees bloom in spring; the girl grows taller; the barn fades from red to sandy brown. Eventually, "on a small farm, a new farmer worked hard," and readers see the girl, now an adult, working the farm independently d successfully restoring the truck. Then, recalling the opening scene, the Pumphreys depict the truck again being filled with produce by the woman, alongside her own daughter. The blocky, bright, folk art style illustrations, composed of prints made from handmade stamps, judiciously use color and composition to deepen and extend the narrative, emphasizing both a sense of change as well as continuity and interconnectedness. This affectionate, pithy, and eloquent homage to farm life d, quietly, Black families running farms, a rare sight in picture books uncommonly charming and rewards repeat readings.
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: P-2
Lexile: AD260L

When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family's young daughter.After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in the weeds, it's time for the girl to roll up her sleeves. Soon she is running her own busy farm, and in the midst of all the repairing and restoring, it may be time to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life.With an eye-catching retro design and cleverly nuanced illustrations, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of imagination.


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