Parents' Guide to

An Otis Christmas

By Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Tractor brings help to birthing horse in tense holiday tale.

Book Loren Long Holiday 2013
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Otis fans will enjoy this tale because of Otis' eternal optimism and courage and author-illustrator Loren Long's dazzling illustrations, stark and dramatic in the wintery nighttime landscape.

Still, the logic in this story is not as airtight as in previous Otis outings. Would a tractor really drive down a perilous pine log? And will little kids grasp, relate to, or be scared by the horse's life-threateningly difficult labor? Many kids may find this a sweet, exciting story about the caring community of animals and humans that make up Otis' world. But some may find the health-crisis plot confusing or disturbing.

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