My choice this week for Perfect Picture Book Friday is a fun tale about a little tractor and his friendship with a calf.
Author/Illustrator: Loren Long
Publisher: Philomel Books (division of Penguin Young Readers)
Age Range: 5 and under
Themes: Friendship, Acceptance
There was once a friendly little tractor. His name was Otis, and every day Otis and his farmer worked together taking care of the farm they called home. Otis liked to work.
This is a story of a little tractor and a calf who is his friend. They are very happy until the farmer buys a new tractor. Otis is retired behind the barn. When there is an emergency at the farm, it is Otis, who saves the day!
Loren Long has some activities on his site
Kidsuki has some really cute tractor coloring pages
Activity Village has more coloring pages. These are farm animals.
What I like about this book:
I love stories that root for the underdog. I also like stories that show an appreciation for the elderly (in this case, an old tractor). The idea that older people/things have value even though we get new stuff is a fantastic thing to pass on to our kids. It is a classic theme that works time and time again in children’s books. The art style that Loren Long used for this book reminds me of an older illustrative style, which I really enjoyed. He explains more about that in this video about Otis:
Perfect Picture Book Fridays are a weekly blog event where participants review some of their favorite picture books. The posts are compiled on author Susanna Leonard Hill’s website. They are categorized by theme to help parents, educators and readers find the perfect picture book easily. To learn more, please visit Susanna’s site where you will find the complete PPBF’s library.