The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor

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by Joy Cowley

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Boyds Mills Press publishes a wide range of high-quality fiction and nonfiction picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A boy doesn't understand his grandfather's love of a worn-out old tractor until he witnesses its dependability for himself. "An easygoing pace and down-home diction invite readers into a warm family story filled with nuggets of wisdom," said PW. Ages 4-8. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Teresa Jindo
Mr. Hill of Hill's Tractor Sales does his best to persuade Micah's grandfather that he needs a new tractor. However, grandfather has faith in his trusty old friend. Then Mr. Hill makes a friendly wager with grandfather. If grandfather's tractor makes it thorough another season, then Mr. Hill will owe grandfather a box of donuts. However, if grandfather's trusty friend does not make it another season, then he would owe Mr. Hill a box of donuts. This is a beautiful story about the love between a grandfather and grandson, as well as love between two old friends-grandfather and his rusty, trusty tractor. Dunrea's gouache illustrations do a wonderful job bringing this heartwarming story alive.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This quiet picture book celebrates the connection between an old farmer and his 50-year-old tractor. Granpappy's commitment to his old friend is frustrating for Mr. Hill, a tractor salesman, and a bit mysterious to his young grandson Micah. After all, it has cracked tires, a worn-out seat cushion, and no cab enclosure. Mr. Hill's lot, on the other hand, is full of bright, shiny vehicles with heat, air conditioning, and even sound systems. The salesman bets 20 jelly doughnuts that the old tractor won't make it through the season. But Granpappy uses it to plow, plant, mow, rake, and bale 20 acres of hay-and it even starts up smoothly when it's needed to pull Mr. Hill's car out of a mud puddle. Cowley combines pleasantly evocative language ("The rest of spring came through at a gallop") with a straightforward plot and minimal but effective characterization to create an engaging story. Dunrea's gouache illustrations are reminiscent of Nancy Wilson Parker's flat, simple style, showing readers an old-fashioned farm, a tow-headed Micah clad in overalls, and a mustachioed Granpappy. Their static charm suits the low-key story perfectly. Given the popularity of books about farms, families, and "things that go," this title will appeal to a wide audience.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

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10.00(w) x 8.00(h) x (d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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The Rusty, Trusty Tractor 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has great character development, warmth, and interesting vocabulary. My son is too young to understand all the beautiful descriptions, but he has this book memorized from cover to cover anyway! It is his absolute favorite! And while it is not a quick book to read, we don't mind reading it to him over and over and over again because it is well done and interesting- even to adults. Especially recommended for "gifted" preschoolers interested in tractors or farming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My two-year-old son does not appreciate the finely crafted words in this book. He just loves tractors. But Joy Cowley writes in beautiful images and clever southern phrases that make reading this book over and over again a real delight. Interesting subject (tractors!!!), a good lesson, and great writing! Story telling done right. I am not overly impressed with the pictures, but since they are for a child, and my son stays riveted through the entire reading of the book, they can't be that bad, now can they?