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|This old van|
Author: Norman, Kim
Based on the well-known children's song "This Old Man." Grandma and Grandpa get a very special invitation, and off they race in their trusty old hippie van.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: LG
Reading Level: 3.40
Points: .5 Quiz: 176726
Kirkus Reviews (06/15/15)
School Library Journal (07/01/15)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2015 PreS-Gr 1—Norman has taken a favorite childhood song, "This Old Man, He Plays One" and turned it into a great vehicle counting book that celebrates the flower power van of the 1960s. Gramps and Granny are invited to grandson Jake's big event. They are urged not to be late. The grandparents jump into their yellow van with flowers painted all over it and speed off down the road. We know they are in a hurry because the song tells us that they pass every vehicle they encounter on or off the road. One train, two construction vehicles, three tractors, four semis, five vintage cars, six dump trucks, seven pickup trucks with horse trailers, eight new cars on a car hauler, nine school buses, and ten dirt bikes. They arrive just in time to see Jake win the Downhill Derby in his little replica of the grandparents van. Of course, all the other competing vehicles are replicas of the cars, trucks, etc. that Gramps and Granny passed on their way. This is a delightful choice for preschoolers who adore cars and trucks of any kind. There are lots of details in the colorful illustrations for the child to search. Every vehicle has a face and the headlights are the eyes. VERDICT A fun addition to picture book collections.—Elaine Lesh Morgan, formerly at Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.