- Age Range: 4 - 8 years
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (February 5, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582348472
- ISBN-13: 978-1582348476
- Product Dimensions: 10 x 11.6 x 283 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,613,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Arthur's Tractor: A Fairy Tale with Mechanical Parts Hardcover – March 5, 2003
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Oblivious Farmer Arthur worries about the state of his tractor, while all around him another drama plays out: a princess is saved from a dragon by a knight in shining armor. All the while, each bang and crash of the ensuing scuffle causes Arthur to think something is wrong with his trusty tractor. In the end, something does go wrong, and everyone pitches in to help with the repairs-even the dragon. Of course, Arthur gets the girl and the knight gets his dragon. Colorful cartoons alone tell the background story of the princess's dilemma, beautifully capturing her expressions of fear, then frustration, while the text relates Arthur's tractor troubles, until the very end when the two come together. Funny details abound, particularly the interactions between a frog wearing a crown and a squirrel on each spread, the princess calling for help from a phone booth, and the antics of the goofy green dragon. This clever tale will appeal to children who love a tale with a twist.
G. Alyssa Sadler, Highland Township Library, MI
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
PreS-Gr. 2. Tractor-obsessed boys will be devastated to discover that this book is actually a fairy tale complete with princess, knight, dragon, and a happily-ever-after ending. Of course, they may relate to Arthur, who is actually so tractor-obsessed himself that he's oblivious to the fairy tale unfolding under his nose. When Arthur hears the "Eeek!" of the princess, he assumes his tractor's "sprocket spring sprigget" needs a twist and an oil. When he hears the thud, thud, thud of a knight on horseback, he assumes it's the old bundle weaver. Even when jostled by the dragon, Arthur unblinkingly takes the scenario in stride, borrowing the knight's sword to fix his blade and using the princess' frock to wipe it clean. Goodhart writes amusingly, "The blade was fixed, but the lady lingered." In the end, it's Arthur and the princess who live happily ever after. The book bubbles with delightful British colloquialisms ("Oh, dollops of dung"), amusing cartoon-style illustrations, and great sound effects. A quirky read-aloud for youngsters with mechanical leanings and a penchant for happy endings. Karin Snelson
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Arthur is a pretty bad farmer who, the teacher is right, swears every time his tractor breaks down. In the background, without his noticing, a dragon threatens a princess, and a prince intervenes to save her. As he does, Arthur realizes he needs tools to fix his tractor, so he borrows the prince's sword, the dragon's fire, and the princess's scarf.
Then he suddenly realizes there is a fair maiden behind him, and he starts hitting on her.
Without her uttering but three sentences, she accepts his proposal to live on his farm forever, and the prince and the dragon disappear as the sun sets and the new couple sits on Arthur's tractor together.
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