Want to Play Trucks?

by Ann Stott and Bob Graham

Alex and Jack each bring their favorite toys to their daily play date in the park:... read more

Alex and Jack each bring their favorite toys to their daily play date in the park: sparkly tutu-clad dolls for Alex, a collection of toy trucks for Jack. When Jack wants to play trucks, and Alex wants to play dolls, the two friends play dolls that drive trucks. But when Jack brings out a toy crane, it sparks an argument. Crane drivers, Jack asserts, cannot wear tutus. Alex disagrees. It becomes a shouting match before Jack explains that a tutu “wouldn’t fit in the driver’s seat.” They calmly discuss how best to continue their game before buying a treat from a passing ice cream truck. (They fully agree that ice cream is delicious.) Bob Graham’s illustrations bring additional joy and detail to this story about communication and cooperation: Jack’s and Alex’s mothers are talking animatedly on a park bench in the background, and diverse community members pass on the street. Jack’s and Alex’s genders are not indicated; both are shown with short hair, wearing blue jeans and white shirts. (Ages 2–5)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2019

show less