Home > Intermediate Fiction, Junior Fiction > Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver by Mary Kelleher. Music David Parker

Story of a New Zealand Truck Driver by Mary Kelleher. Music David Parker

October 2, 2014

truck driverStory of a New Zealand Truck Driver by Mary Kelleher. Music David Parker. Pub, Handmade Designs Ltd, 2014.

Most innovative books take risks. This picture book history takes many and comes up trumps.

It is memoirs of truck driver Bert Williams who operated in the Banks Peninsula/Canterbury area from the 1920’3 to 1960’s. He was known by many names and carried an assortment of cargoes on his truck from wool to bee hives. He was also a daredevil  motorbike racer and purchased his first truck from winnings of a race. They don’t make men like him anymore.

The structure of the book is a mural on which is a button trail that children can follow and identify various items on the way. Does anyone remember Corgi toys? I do, I had a collection of trucks and toys. They were hard wearing and survived many a rough handling.

The one piece of hard wearing cardboard page opens one way with a mural of hessian, buttons, cloth and hardware in which a truck journey is pictured. It is essentially a craft book but  accompanying it are short verses about Bert Williams that are sung and recited on a CD that accompanies the book.

Then you fold back the other side that chronicles the history of Bert with photographs and personal recollections.

Great for a study of life in grandparents day and early transport. Younger students can sing-a-long with the songs on the CD.

A very flexible educational tool for every school library and classroom.

%d bloggers like this: