Well Easter has come and gone, and what a lovely time it was. Thankfully here downunder the kids are off on two week first term break and I for one am pleased, as it means the roads are not so jammed with traffic in the mornings, and I can arrive home at a reasonable time instead of sitting jammed tail to tail crawling for close on three hours before pulling the car in the garage and after dropping my bag and kicking off my shoes, collapsing on the couch and falling asleep for a couple of hours until hubby wakes me with dinner and a coffee at the ready. Kids on holiday reminded me of a lovely picture book I had tucked away on one of my shelves.
Dumpy’s Happy Holiday
Illustrator: Tony Walton
Published by: Harper Collins Publishers
Age: 3 – 7
Themes: friendship, cooperation, assisting those in need, remaining calm
First Line: An early December sun touched the frosty holiday lights that had been twinkling all night in apple Harbor.
Synopsis: From the inside front jacket… “It’s the holiday season in Apple Harbor, and in the spirit of giving, the Barnes family – Charlie, Pop-Up, and Farmer and Mrs Barnes – launch a charity drive for children in need. As always, Dumpy is ready to help, and soon his dumper is filled with gifts. But what starts as a local effort soon becomes an adventure with international impact. This festive addition to the popular Dumpy the Dump Truck series demonstrates that when hearts are in the right place, opportunities and solutions will surely follow.. and that giving brings its own rewards.”
Why I like this: Yes, well, there are many reasons why I love this cute book. Out of all the Dumpy series this one appeals to me the most, with it’s theme of charity, friendship, caring and assisting those in need. This wonderfully illustrated book with the bright red dump truck, its huge grin, chugs across the pages introducing young children to the joy of giving. Mother and daughter authors, Julie and Emma, ensured boys would love the BROOM BROOM and ZOOMing sounds the text provokes and I couldn’t help but smile at the traffic jam looming across the pages. Oh I wish at times I had a Sergeant Molly Mott escort me to work…lol. With a tenderly hidden cultural aspect, there is also respect between young Charles and his elderly grandfather and the knowledge that anything is possible with patience and calm.
Julie, whom I have met a couple of times briefly is a world renown actress, singer and author, her daughter Emma, my teacher and mentor through “Just Write for Kids” and “The Children’s Hub” have penned many books together, ensuring good old-fashion wonder and wisdom building classics to last lifetimes. Tony Walton, Emma’s Dad, illustrator, famed for his theatrical set designs makes this a loving family involvement. If you haven’t read this or any of the Dumpy Truck series, you should, “the Julie Andrews Collection encompasses books for young readers of all ages that nurture the imagination and celebrate a sense of wonder”… noted on the back of the book.
Resources/Findings: On the Julie Andrews Collection website are colouring pages, party hats and accessories and gift tags and book markers… http://julieandrewscollection.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/11/Dumpy-Dumptruck-Coloring-Pages.pdf
http://www.un.org/Pubs/CyberSchoolBus/ A United Nations activity pages for teachers and parents.
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/united-nations/printable/37304.html Information on United nations for teachers.
http://trucks.about.com/od/toytrucks/tp/childrentrucks.htm I thought this would be a great website on obtaining more books on trucks from the bath book to older descriptive books for boys.
For more books with resources please visit the lovely author Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog and find the tab for Perfect Picture Books. Her blog is full of resources links and activities associated with the books reviewed by many authors.