I’m far from an expert on cars and trucks, which has lately proved to be a disappointment to my toddler twins. Sometimes we will be out for a walk or reading a book or watching a show, and one of them will point at a truck and ask me “beep beep? or Choo Choo train? Or truck?” While I can generally get through round one of the questioning, I’m often at a loss by round two. I feel a little better now that I’m a proud owner of Hope Vestergaard’s delightful board book Digger Dozer Dumper, which you can buy on Amazon here. I’ve also committed to learning a few lesser known details I can use to impress my kids once the questions become a little more advanced down the road.
If you (like me) are looking to brush up on your vehicle trivia, we recommend checking out this top notch video from Animagraffs. It breaks down how fire engines on a pumper truck work in a digestible way. The animations on the pump section are especially awesome. These pumps are rated up to 3k gallons per minute! The video explains that equals about 70 bathtubs of water per minute.
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