Thursday, October 1, 2009

Otis by Loren Long


New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic.

Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed . . . until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day.

In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.

This is another awesome picture book. It just came out on the 22nd, but it immediately caught my eye at B&N. The colors in the illustrations are just amazing. They are muted and yet so vivid at the same time.

It a great story about friendship and about appreciated everything in life, even if you think it's just an old broken-down tractor. The little cow character in the story is absolutely adorable.

Highly recommended for anyone who loves their picture books sweet and slightly tear-jerky. Adorable!!

You can watch a video about Otis here.

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