FICTION

The Old Truck

Norton. Jan. 2020. 48p. Tr $17.95. ISBN 9781324005193.
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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.

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