Little Red

Little, Brown/Christy Ottaviano. Oct. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316333627.
PreS–A fun story that introduces vocabulary and colors, packaged in a holiday adventure. Little Red Truck and driver Katie help people and vehicles in need on their way to bring the town its Christmas tree. When they finally deliver the tree, the vehicles they met on their adventure come out and watch while the townspeople decorate and put a giant star on top. This title does an excellent job of teaching children colors and showing a positive role model in a fun and educational way. At the end of the story, Little Red and Katie come to the rescue of Shiny Silver Sleigh. The image shows a reindeer pulling a sleigh full of people, with Santa scratching his chin leaning on Little Red, while Katie welds the front of the sleigh. Vocabulary is another strength of this title. When Purple Delivery Van’s engine won’t start, Little Red and Katie use “jumper cables” to help. Digital illustrations provide context for the in-depth adventures throughout the story.
VERDICT With a winning combination of vehicles and Santa Claus, this lively holiday story is recommended for public and preschool libraries.

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