Otis by Loren Long

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The New York Times bestseller and official 2013 Jumpstart Read for the Record selection!
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.




About Loren Long

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Loren Long is a Midwesterner, having grown up in Missouri and attended school at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. He and his wife, Tracy, have two sons.
Published September 22, 2009 by Philomel Books. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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The simply told narrative likewise has a classic air: “Soon the horse would trot to the lead with a ‘Neigh, neigh,’ as his hooves clip-clop-clip-clopped.” The episode ends with a traditional resolution too, as discreetly used color highlights expand in the final scene to a brightly sunlit view of...

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In this earnest sequel, Otis and his calf buddy join a cow, some ducks, and a horse "for a grand game of follow-the-leader," with Otis motoring along, "putt puff puttedy chuff."

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Readers of classic children's books will find traces of Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel , Little Toot and The Story of Ferdinand in this story of “a friendly little tractor.” Otis the tractor loves to work as much as he loves to play.

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The Washington Post

Droughts are inevitable, but Marrin convincingly argues that future Dust Bowls can be averted and need to be, for the sake of our interconnected world.

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In the first installment of Father Knows Books, Ward Sutton's new feature on children's books, the artist offers an illustrated review of Loren Long's Otis, in which a little tractor is left behind when a big new machine comes to the farm.

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Common Sense Media

They enjoy each other’s company until Otis is replaced by a new tractor, and the dispirited old tractor can’t be budged from his weed-covered resting place.

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Chicago Tribune

If your last fond memory of a bovine sitting under a tree is a bull named Ferdinand, and you loved Mike Mulligan’s steam shovel, Mary Ann, this book is for you, though it includes neither a bull nor a steam shovel.

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