Parents' Guide to

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

By Susan Fitzgerald, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

A charming tale of friendship and loyalty.

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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

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, planting and harvesting seasons with charming artwork. Great for tractor lovers! Some of the language is a bit hokey but kids may find it silly. It's fun when the old tractor has to rescue the pushy salesman.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

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."

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