Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Otis is a tractor who loves living on the farm. His best friend is a calf who is comforted by the sound of Otis' puttering. All is well until a big new yellow tractor comes to replace Otis. Retired behind the barn, Otis is set to rust away until a crisis brings him back into action.
Loren Long's story of loyalty and friendship is punctuated with illustrations that have a feel of older children's classics like those of Robert Lawson. This would be a great book to use for teaching prediction or problem/solution. Pair it with Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel (thanks Grace!).