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!).


  1. would this be something you could pair with Mike Mulligan? Grace

    how does this program know I'm Mrs. Clark? the mysteries of cyberspace....

  2. Great suggestion. I think of Ramona Quimby's class wondering about when Mike Mulligan went to the bathroom when I hear his name.