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Authors and Illustrators Jerome and Jarret Pumphrey were inspired by the strong, resourceful women in their family tree, including their mom, grandmothers, and even their great-grandmother (who bought her own farm with money earned picking cotton). They imagine a little girl growing up on a farm along side an old truck, which gets neglected with time, but eventually gets fixed up when the girl becomes a new farmer herself. As a truck-loving toddler, my daughter especially loves seeing a little girl in the truck, as so many truck books feature boys as the protagonist. Simple text exploring ideas of imagination and determination combined with beautiful images in a gentle color palate (made with over 250 custom-made stamps) make this picture books a standout. - Hilary— From Hilary's Picks
“Full of nostalgia and wonder, this is a sweet and simple tale of determination and growth. I am absolutely in love with the stamp illustrations in The Old Truck and the young girl who lives, works, and dreams at the farm. A great addition to a home library, this is for fans of things that go and the work of illustrator Christian Robinson!”
— Eugenia Vela, BookPeople, Austin, TX
A young girl turns her imagination into action in this beautifully crafted and intricately designed debut picture book.
When is an old truck something more? On a small, bustling farm, a resilient and steadfast pickup works tirelessly alongside the family that lives there, and becomes a part of the dreams and ambitions of the family’s young daughter.
After long days and years of hard work leave the old truck rusting in the weeds, it’s time for the girl to roll up her sleeves. Soon she is running her own busy farm, and in the midst of all the repairing and restoring, it may be time to bring her faithful childhood companion back to life.
With an eye-catching retro design and cleverly nuanced illustrations, The Old Truck celebrates the rewards of determination and the value of imagination.