If you have seen the Disney-Pixar movie, Cars, then you already know the story. But instead of flopping the DVD in your television, why not read the story with your kids? My daughter is a budding reader while my son just likes to have stories read to him. Both love this book. I love it for them because the main character, Lightning McQueen, finally realizes what is important to him.
Cars is a cute tale about a race car named Lightning McQueen and the forgotton town of Radiator Springs. I don't want to give the story away to those who have not read it, but just a brief overview of what I like about it. The story has a feel-good backdrop, as it teaches children about respect, being a friend and that winning is not everything. When Lightning McQueen ruins the road in Radiator Springs, he realizes that if he doesn't do his work properly, he will never get to where he wants to go (the race in California). He starts having fun and making friends with the locals. When he finally does get to California, the friends he made in Radiator Springs show up to be his pit crew. As the race is ending, the King of racing spins out in an unfortunate accident caused by another car. Lighning is just about to cross the finish line in first place, but sees the accident and is reminded of how one of his new friend's career ended. So he backs up and pushes the King across the finish line.
As I questioned my daughter at the end of the story, she told of how she liked the ending, it was a nice thing to do. I enjoyed listening to her read (45 pages worth!) and knowing she was getting something out of the story. I also liked the pictures. They were bright and told the story on their own. Scholastic and Disney hooked up for a good collaboration!