An educational adventure!
Tire Tales is a children’s book series created, written, and illustrated by E. Lexi Abbott. The book series centers around four main characters who are anthropomorphic tires that are attached to a motorhome traveling the country (USA). Each character has a central theme and certain lessons they can teach to their readers.
The books span from 1st – 3rd grade reading levels with lessons appropriate for the reading level such as how to share (1st grade) and what a geyser is and how it works (3rd grade). The books are an ever expansive series that are appropriate for the classroom or at home.
However, not every book is designed solely for education. “Origins” is a book that focuses on explaining the beginnings of Tire Tales and how the four friends, Speedy, Shelly, Amelia, and Whiz, found each other and came to be on the motorhome. Tire Tales is a book series that children are meant to take to heart and feel close with the characters.
The first book created centered around the theme of sharing, focusing on the character “Amelia” who, throughout the book, taught her friends what it was to share and how to do it properly when John and Mary, the owners of the motorhome, bought mudflaps during a particularly rainy week.
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Meet the characters:
Amelia is a cheerful character whose themes center around socialization and relationships between people. Her lessons include: how to share, how to make a friend, how to wash your hands, and more! Her signature identification is a big pink bow on the top of her head.
Speedy is an energetic character that loves to go fast! He likes to say “Zoom!” as if he is speeding around wherever he goes. His themes include cars, travel, and fun exploration! His signature identification is a colorful propeller hat.
Shelly is a plucky character that loves to smile! Her themes center around animals and the environment. Her lessons include: Geysers and how they work, pollution and how to be environmentally friendly, the life cycle of frogs, and more! Her signature identification are her freckles.
Whiz is an intelligent character who lives up to his name. His themes include mathematics, history, and lessons such as how a bill becomes a law. His signature identification is a pair of square, green glasses.
Tire Tales: Learning To Share
Publication date: August 28, 2020
Mary and John decide to buy mudflaps for the motorhome and the four friends couldn’t be happier! There’s only one problem: there are two mud flaps and four tires. The friends will have to learn to share in order to use them! Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08J2186SY
Tire Tales: Learning About Germany
Publication date: July 30, 2022
John and Mary find a German food truck one afternoon to enjoy lunch at. While they are eating, the four friends meet Hans Leon Schmidt AKA “Strudel” who teaches them all about Germany! Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09BGPCBV3
Tire Tales: Speedy Gets A Pet
Publication date: TBA
It’s a normal day on the road when Speedy hears a suspicious ribbit sound! A new friend decides to tag along and Speedy learns all about the friend’s life cycle and how a frog goes from egg to tadpole to a full grown frog!
Tire Tales: Origins
Publication date: September 14, 2020
The story that started it all! Shelly, Speedy, Amelia, and Whiz meet each other at their original tire shop, fresh from the factory and the rest is history. This is the tale of how the four friends began their adventure! Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08HTJ7C4F
Tire Tales: Learning About COVID-19
Publication date: November 3, 2020
John and Mary visit town for the first time in several months and the four friends notice that things are very different. People are wearing masks, staying 6 ft apart, and are generally more cautious when talking to one another. A new friend they parked next to fills them in on the situation. This book is perfect to help explain the COVID-19 pandemic to children. Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08MN84DV1
Tire Tales: Model T. Ford
Publication date: TBA
The tires are enjoying their adventures when one night John and Mary park the motorhome in a new location. They stop at a truck stop! The four friends go to check out a group of tires telling stories while the humans are asleep and meet Mr. Samuel T. Gallington! A Model T Ford tire! In this book kids will learn about the very first car on the road and gain an insight to life before cars.
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