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Monday, May 13, 2013

Otis the Tractor


Otis” by Loren Long

This is a touching story about a deep friendship between a tractor named Otis and a calf on a farm. They become best friends until one day the farmer gets a new tractor. Otis is no longer needed and no longer plays around with the calf. The calf grows sad and lonely. 

One day the calf gets into trouble and cannot get out of the mud. Nobody could get him out. Finally, Otis comes along and starts circling the mud pond just like a game of ring-around-the-rosy they used to play together. This motivated the calf to climb out of the mud.

“From that day on, the farmer discovered that with Otis’s puttering purr beside the chicken coop, his chickens laid more eggs. At milking time, with Otis’s gentle chuff nearby, his cows produced more milk. On occasion, Otis even got to join the farmer and the big yellow tractor out in the fields. But often, at the end of the day, Otis would just sit with his friend under the apple tree and watch the farm below.”

This is considered a “read-aloud” picture book because it is quite lengthy. This is one of those books great for age 4 through 110!