A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Educational ValueWhen he's scared, Otis calms himself down by counting to 10. It's a great trick to learn, and one readers may benefit from trying.
Positive MessagesDependable Otis shows the lengths that a true friend will go to help a friend in need. He also models how to calm fears and cope with a challenging situation.
Positive Role ModelsOtis is thoughtful and brave. He helps the puppy first by inviting him to sleep in the barn, where having company soothes the puppy's fears. And when the puppy is lost, Otis overcomes his own fear of the dark because he knows his little friend is alone and terrified.
Violence & ScarinessThe nighttime forest might be a little spooky for sensitive kids.
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Parents Need to KnowParents need to know that Otis and the Puppy is a comforting story of friendship and overcoming fears that features the tractor hero introduced in Otis, who also showed bravery in Otis and the Tornado. It's an especially good choice for children who are afraid of the dark. Otis notes the physical signs of fear -- shaking, heart racing -- and uses a counting technique to subdue the fear and go on.
Is It Any Good?
Otis, the sweet and gentle tractor, is back in in another story destined to become a family favorite. OTIS AND THE PUPPY beautifully showcases a loyal friendship and explores nighttime fears. With soothing text and illustrations, it's a great choice for a bedtime read -- particularly for kids who get nervous as the lights grow dim.
The muted colors and strong lines of Loren Long's artwork evoke classics like The Story of Ferdinand and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Shifting perspectives make each spread a delight and beautifully mark the turning point of the story. For example, the text follows Otis as he plays hide-and-seek, while the illustrations focus on the puppy, who has completely forgotten the game and is far more interested in chasing a butterfly.
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