Toad on the Road: Mama and Me

illus. by Stephen Shaskan. 32p. HarperCollins/Harper. Mar. 2018. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780062393494.
PreS—Mama and Toad, traveling in Mama's tow truck, help out all of their friends in this rhyming read-aloud. As Mama and Toad travel along the road, they encounter friends who have a variety of problems (Goat out of gas, Fox with a flat, Moose in the muck) and are able to help everyone. In return, they are thanked by all of their friends with a party. Mama and Toad spread goodwill to all they meet. The snappy, rhyming verse could easily become a participatory storytelling in any preschool or kindergarten class. The digitally created characters in the colorful illustrations are sweetly expressive.
VERDICT Shaskan's message of friendship and helping each other would be a great discussion starter for any early childhood class.

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