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By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Sweet, nostalgic friendship tale with a truly classic look.

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age 2+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+


it is prety good

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age 2+

good for ages 3 and up

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

Otis will feel like an old familiar storybook to parents. Author-illustrator Loren Long acknowledges Virginia Lee Burton (Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel) and Robert Lawson (The Story of Ferdinand), and their influence runs deeps here. The subdued palette, strong lines, and soft texture give the book the feel of a classic. The prose flows smoothly and gently, and the illustrations of the cavorting tractor and calf offer plenty of energy and humor.

To his credit, Long doesn’t overdo the arrival of the new tractor: Newer, bigger, and better isn’t necessarily bad, and indeed the yellow tractor continues to be the farmer’s go-to machine. But the farmer and especially Otis learn that growing old doesn’t necessitate being put out to pasture, so to speak.

Lovely, soothing artwork owes a debt to classic children’s books.

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