Imagination Library Book Activity for Red Wagon

Dolly Parton’s Imagination LibraryBOOK TITLE: Red Wagon
AUTHOR: Renata Liwska

SUMMARY OF BOOK: Lucy (a little fox) takes her brand new red wagon to the market to pick up vegetables for her mother. She thinks it’s a chore, but on the way there, her wagon transforms – into a boat, a spaceship, a circus train – taking Lucy and her friends on several imaginary adventures along the way. Download this Activity Sheet in PDF.


Ask questions and use what the child already knows to add to the discussion, assisting the child in understanding and enjoying the book.

  1. Look at both covers of the book together: “Where do you think she is going with that wagon? If you were with your friends, what might you do with a wagon?”
  2. “What kind of animals are these? Do animals really walk and play with wagons?”
  3. Take a picture walk through the book: “What animals do we see? What kinds of vehicles do we see?”


  1. There are lots of details in the pictures. Point out the mushrooms sprouting in the rain, the costumes the friends where in each new scene, the games at the circus.
  2. Talk about what the wagon turned into each time, where they are. Ask questions to see what your child notices.
  3. Help your child identify the vegetables.
  4. Periodically ask “Have we ever done that?” (had a picnic outside, ridden in a boat, gotten caught in the rain, etc.)


  1. Extend the book experience: “What types of chores do we do around the house?” or “Where would we go with a wagon?”
  2. Talk to your child in the grocery store and point out the vegetables you read about.
  3. Around the house, remind your child about Lucy and how she helped. Make connections back to the book.

Compliments of: Alaska Department of Education & Early Development
Created by: Students at the University of Alaska Anchorage

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