Summer can be full of new adventures. Perhaps your family are planning a trip or will want to go for a drive. Let’s Go for a Drive! (An Elephant & Piggie Book), published by Hyperion CH (2012), captures the true essence of friendship, while showing how Gerald, the elephant, and Piggie, the pig, deal with complications that interfere with their plans to go for a drive. With subtle repetition Willems shows how plans are a necessary part of life. After Piggie and Gerald have gathered a map and sunglasses, what else will they need?

Beginning readers will feel very comfortable with this book. Through repetition and crazy rhyming patterns such as drivey-drive and sunny-sunglasses, children will grasp and give ownership to these and other new words. The best part of reading the book is the discovery of who needs a car to go for a drive when you have a friend like Piggie. As always, the illustrations bring to life this every-day tale told with an economy of words. Enjoy!

Carol Green, a graduate of Northwestern, is married and the mother of three adult children. Her five grandchildren affectionately call her “Grams cracker.” She is the published author of many poems for both adults and children; three coloring books: God Gave Me Five, ABC Fun Book, and Color God’s World Bright; and the picture book: My Mom Loves Me.

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