One Tractor: A Counting Book


Award-winning author Alexandra Siy's lyrical text and Jacqueline Roger's whimsical watercolors are certain to delight young vehicle lovers.

A sleepy backyard doesn't stay quiet for long. Pirates sail in, and the backyard teems with the movement of airplanes, cranes, trucks, and trains.
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Award-winning author Alexandra Siy's lyrical text and Jacqueline Roger's whimsical watercolors are certain to delight young vehicle lovers.

A sleepy backyard doesn't stay quiet for long. Pirates sail in, and the backyard teems with the movement of airplanes, cranes, trucks, and trains.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
This counting book by Jacqueline Siy doubles as a fun-filled tribute to imaginative play. While contemplating his one toy tractor, a little boy notices two mouse-piloted planes and three small pirate ships. Soon the boy and his tiny new companions are hard at work building a town in the sandbox and adding six city buses and seven fire trucks to it. The book ends with a surprise, though, when the boy sends his small buddies on their way. The last double-page spread reveals the boy asleep on the grass and surrounded by the toys he dreamed of. Little ones will love lingering over the details—busy machines, scooter-riding buccaneers—in the watercolors by Jacqueline Rogers. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
School Library Journal

K-Gr 2- This is a counting book, a vehicle book, and a pirate adventure, all rolled into one appealing package. It starts with one red-headed boy and a toy tractor. Next come two airplanes, one of which is piloted by a mouse. The fun really gets rolling when three miniature pirate ships arrive, complete with crews of the jolliest sort. The little swashbucklers cavort through the remaining scenes of big machines at work. There are four cranes, five big trucks, six city buses, seven fire trucks, eight bulldozers, and nine railroad cars, and the charmingly playful pirates are not always adept at using this big equipment. In the end, after rides on 10 bicycles, they return to their ships and sail away. But it is all a dream. The boy is shown sound asleep in the grass with his toy vehicles around him. The fabulous watercolor illustrations show blue sky, green grass, and all the commotion going on in between.-Ieva Bates, Ann Arbor District Library, MI

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Kirkus Reviews
A young boy's imagination fuels adventures galore in this clever one-to-ten counting book. When the boy's toy tractor runs out of gas, he turns to other amusements; as he flies his toy plane, he looks up to see a small mouse piloting one higher up in the sky. The two new friends welcome three boatloads of pirates, who quickly join in the fun, acting on their own instead of being manipulated by the boy as regular playthings are. Together, they all build roads, battle a fire-breathing dragon, take a train ride and peddle their bicycles. When the fun is done, the boy solemnly waves goodbye to the already distant ships and plane. One of the last spreads shows him fast asleep in the grass and surrounded by the toys that inspired his amazing imagination. Rogers's watercolors truly make this concept come to life. Each of the toys has its own personality, and young readers will patiently seek out each of their silly antics on the generous full-page spreads. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823419234
  • Publisher: Holiday House, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/11/2008
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 792,848
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.90 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexandra Siy has won many awards for her fiction and nonfiction children's books. An author and photographer, she now lives in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband and children. Her website is

Jacqueline Rogers has illustrated books for children of all ages. She is known for her expressive characters, which have been praised as "outrageous" and "hilarious." She lives in Chatham, New York. Visit her on the web at
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