Mr. Gumpy's Motor Car by John Burningham (Hardback)
When Mr. Gumpy decides to go for a ride in his bright-red car, everyone wants to come along -- a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a sheep, chickens, a calf, a goat, and a boy and girl. "All right," says Mr. Gumpy. "But it will be a squash." So they all squash in and, for a while, chug along happily. Then it starts to rain, and the car becomes stuck in the mud. Who will help Mr. Gumpy push the car out? "Not me," says each passenger. In the end, however, they all have to help, and a wonderful time is had by all.
John Burningham, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for his outstanding illustrations, has written a simple story of delightfully understated humor and illustrated it in his most enchanting style.
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Reading Level: 5+
"This is an entertaining tale that has some similarity to the classic tale of The Little Red Hen, but ends up being a good way to depict the power of teamwork. The narrative is very short and with a big font and big, colorful pictures, this book would be fun to read aloud to a group of younger children.
The illustrations have an interesting mixture of styles, with a lot of distinctive cross-hatching throughout. The characters aren't very detailed, but overall, the pictures complement the narrative nicely. We enjoyed reading this book together."
"Teamwork everyone! When everyone has a reason to say no they can't ... everyone is stuck in the mud. If we all do our part though, things get rolling and there is time for swimming and fun! Fantastic metaphor for teamwork in this book.
Max liked this book a lot and mom loved it!!!"
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