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Starred Review. PreSchool-Grade 2—Otis is a fun-loving tractor who roams the fields after a hard day's work and plays in the haystacks. In the barn one night, his engine provides a gentle purr that helps a frightened young calf fall into a peaceful sleep. The two become inseparable. That is, until the farmer decides to upgrade and brings home a brand-new, shiny yellow tractor and relegates Otis to the weeds behind the building. Having outlived his usefulness, Otis just sits there, impervious to the calf's call to play. But when his friend gets stuck in Mud Pond and no one—not even the fire department—can pull her out, the feisty tractor revs his engine ("putt puff puttedy chuff") and saves the day. His heroism and concern for a friend are themes that will appeal to young readers. Long's gouache and pencil artwork is stunning with a red and cream main character against a sepia-toned monochromatic background. The overall effect is nostalgic and comforting as readers bond with the determined little tractor. In the end, Otis finds a place on the farm where his engine's soft purr can be put to good use. This satisfying conclusion that speaks of a place for everyone is sure to ring true to children.—Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA END
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Otis books, and any other book by Loren Long, have become "must have" treasures in our house. The illustrations are beautiful, and the stories are always so sweet.Published 3 days ago by Erin N
Last night while typing my four year old son came in and asked what I was doing with his books. I told him I'm trying to help other mommy and daddy's find books for their kids. Read morePublished 1 month ago by dazie
My three year old grandson loves this book and all Otis' books. This is what I read everyday before he goes down
for a nap. Such a sweet story and the drawings are darling.