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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Tessa the Tank and the Classic Vehicle Show by Jen Phillips is an adorable storybook for children. Tessa the Tank was old and retired, and lived in a shed at Fretwell Tank Museum. One day Mr. Walker, who was in charge of the museum, told Tessa that she was going to a classic vehicle show, along with many other vehicles from all over the country. Tessa was ready and she set off for the show. Tessa, Brian, and Tessa's driver, Eleanor, were all so busy talking that Brian accidentally drove into the mud of Fretwell Moor. Will Tessa be able to reach the show in time or will she have to give it a miss?
Children will love the story and it also subtly conveys the message of how teamwork is important. The illustrations are colorful and bright and they also breathe life into the pictures and scenes. It's a good bedtime storybook, and parents and grandparents can read it out to kids. It's also an entertaining story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and school libraries. All the characters in the story - Tessa, Brian, Andy, and Eleanor - are adorable and readers will connect with them instantly.
The story has a good message about teamwork and how each one of us has our own part to play in life, making everyone special. Books with a moral/idea/concept/message are good for children to make it easy for them to comprehend with the help of a story and illustrations. An entertaining tale for children.