The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

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Susan Fitzgerald, Common Sense Media
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A charming tale of friendship and loyalty.

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Parent of a 2-year-old Written bylorineo March 8, 2012

Nostalgic and endearing story

Sweet tale about Grandpappy's loyalty to his "old friend", the tractor he's had for many years... Takes the reader through the plowing, plan... Continue reading

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What's the story?

A charming tale of friendship and loyalty taught by an elderly farmer who has faith in his old tractor. Illustrations of the quiet farm and the hard-working farmer have readers cheering for the farmer's "old friend."


Is it any good?

This subtle story, set on a farm, demonstrates that "real friends are there when you need them." Thoughtful, plain-speaking, humorous Grandpappy isn't interested in Mr. Hill's brand-new shiny tractor with air-conditioning: "Mine's got air-conditioning, too," said Grandpappy. "When the air gets too fresh, I put on another jacket." And while young Micah is a bit enamored with the shiny machines, he comes to trust Grandpappy's quiet loyalty and helps him set about working the fields.

This book even feels like an old friend, with its warm, inviting illustrations. A 5-year-old reader had a soft smile on his face as Grandpappy persevered through each feat, finally winning the coveted jelly doughnuts. And Joy Cowley's writing challenges readers; the same preschooler asked questions about the comparison of the plowed field to "brown waves."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the appeal of shiny, new things. Why does Grandpappy have such faith in his old tractor? Have you gotten shiny, new toys that broke or got boring quickly?

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