The Lamb, the Truck, and the Little Blue House

The Lamb, the Truck, and the Little Blue House

by Mary Maude Mayer


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This story is one of many cherished memories of growing up on a farm. The main characters, Michael and Maudie, learn through simple childhood experiences how the world really works. They are tempted through perfectly natural circumstances to disobey their mother. Their disobedience leads to an unpleasant surprise, but they are also rewarded with new understanding.

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ISBN-13: 9781977200365
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 07/28/2018
Pages: 26
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.07(d)

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The Lamb, the Truck, and the Little Blue House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Alyvia (age 10) for Reader Views Kids (12/18) Living on a farm can be fun at times, but there is also a lot of hard work and rules you have to follow. In the story, “The Lamb, the Truck, and the Little Blue House” by Mary Maude Mayer, that is exactly what Michael and Maudie will find out. Michael and Maudie’s mother had to take their older sister to school because she had missed the bus. They were both given instructions not to leave the house when she was gone, because of the snakes under the house and it was too wet outside for them to play. Both of the kids wanted to play outside, and when they spotted their yellow truck, they decided to disobey their mother. This caused a really big problem that they did not expect. I always thought it would be great to live on a farm. I love animals so that would be my favorite part of being on a farm. It would be fun taking care of a baby lamb like the kids took turns doing in this story. I liked all the pictures in the book as they helped you understand what was happening as you were reading. When the kids went out into the yard to get the yellow truck they had been searching for, it was funny when the little lamb ran at them and knocked them both down. I think at that point they wished they had listened to their mother. I think my favorite character was the lamb, it was just a baby and so cute. It would be really cozy to live in a farmhouse, but I could see how the kids could get bored and want to play outside all the time. I recommend, “The Lamb, the Truck, and the Little Blue House” by Mary Maude Mayer as a great story with a thoughtful lesson for both girls and boys.
_I-M_ More than 1 year ago
Mary Maude Mayer’s book, The Lamb, the Truck and the Little Blue House, is an illustrated children’s story that will be appreciated by people of all ages for its insight and immediacy. The two main characters, young Maudie and Michael, having just settled in a small house on a country farm, move from the dream landscape of fantasy and play to the realm of reality and responsibility through their own actions, feelings and questioning. Drawn from the author’s own childhood experiences of living on a farm, the narrative, primarily given from Maudie’s perspective, traces her realization of the difference between the affect of the song “Mary Had a Little Lamb” and the understanding of the actual experience of having a real lamb, a difference touching, at times, upon comic irony. A remarkable feature of the story is the character of the children’s mother: firm, yet caring, gentle and forgiving--qualities that ultimately support the children’s understanding of the real world. Mayer’s illustrations of the story are beautifully nuanced and strongly expressive, as when the grandparents arrive early on with the gift of the lamb; when both children embody alertness and anticipation just before the lamb charges at them; or when their mother, having come home just after warning them to stay inside, encounters them both covered in mud, having been knocked down by the lamb — to mention only a few of the fine drawings . . . The book’s illustrations and its large typeface are a strong plus for young readers. And the story is also appropriate for very young listeners, as I experienced when reading it to my own grandchildren. -- Ingrid Markhardt
CKMayer More than 1 year ago
Buy this book! And not just because my mother wrote and illustrated it. This autobiographical story of a time of innocence—before cell phones, tablets, and TV—is a must read for people of all ages. Children will be amused by Maudie and her older brother, Michael, because they are like all children: they love to play, in fact they love to play so much that they “forget” to do what they’re told. Parents will love it, because this family is the kind (indeed this era is the one) we are all secretly nostalgic about: when pleasures were simple and children, unspoiled. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, and the book is reminiscent in style to The Little House, by Virginia Lee Burton.