I am so excited to be part of the Little Excavator blog tour today. It is relevant to and totally appropriate for my life. As you all know, I just had a baby boy in April so I am all about the picture books these days.
YOU GUYS! Little Excavator is this really adorable book by Anna Dewdney about a tiny little construction machine named Little Excavator. He desperately wants to be a part of the work site, but he can’t really do any of the jobs because he is so small. Little E is absolutely not one of the big rigs by any means. Luckily, he doesn’t need to be and there is a job that is found that is perfect for him.
Okay so you know how Father’s Day is on Sunday? Start a tradition now if your children or child is very young where Dad gets a book to read with his kids. In fact, this is a great one. First of all, there are construction vehicles. Who didn’t love Tonka trucks when they were little? No one, that’s who. Second, the art in this book is friendly – the vehicles are personified and don’t come across as evil. I say this from the place of a person who was scared of excavators as a little kid. Third, the message is great – being that the thing that makes us different actually is an asset and something to be grateful for. While Josh read this to our son a bit earlier than Father’s Day, a good time was had by father and son, even when our baby was distracted by the curtains. However, let’s give him a break he’s only two months old.
What could possibly be as appealing as Anna Dewdney’s llamas? Anna Dewdney’s trucks!
The Big Rigs are working hard at the construction site when Little Excavator rolls up, eager to help. But Little Excavator isn’t big enough to CHUG CHUG CHUG! like the Dump Truck as it loads dirt to lug or MOUND MOUND MOUND! like the ‘Dozer as it pushes up the ground. Little Excavator wants to smooth out bumps and dig up dirt, but he is just too small. As Big Rigs around him WORK WORK WORK! they finally find a job that no other machine can do…except for Little Excavator!
Anna Dewdney was a teacher, mother, and enthusiastic proponent of reading aloud to children. She continually honed her skills as an artist and writer and published her first Llama Llama book in 2005. Her passion for creating extended to home and garden and she lovingly restored an 18th century farmhouse in southern Vermont. She wrote, painted, gardened, and lived there with her partner, Reed, her two daughters, two wirehaired pointing griffons, and one bulldog. Anna passed away in 2016, but her spirit will live on in her books.
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May 23 – Inspiration Laboratories
May 24 – The Plot Bunny
May 25 – A Story a Day
May 26 – The Children’s Book Review
May 29 – Quiet in the Chaos
May 30 – Here’s to Happy Endings
May 31 – Margie’s Must Reads
June 1 – Confessions of a Book Addict
June 2 – Gypsy Road
June 5 – A Peace of Mind
June 6 – Books and Giggles
June 7 – Wandering Bark Books
June 8 – Bea’s Book Nook
June 9 – Read-At-Home Mom
June 12 – My Storytime Corner
June 13 – A Rup Life
June 14 – Pirates n’ Pixie Dust
June 15 – Swoony Boys Podcast
June 16 – Good Books & Good Wine
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