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Tractor Day

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Tractor naps.

Time to plow.

Cover off.

Wake up now!

Climb aboard the big red tractor. It's time to get the farm ready for spring. Raking, plowing, and planting the fields is hard work. But working together makes everything more fun.

Sitting atop such a powerful machine is ...

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Tractor naps.

Time to plow.

Cover off.

Wake up now!

Climb aboard the big red tractor. It's time to get the farm ready for spring. Raking, plowing, and planting the fields is hard work. But working together makes everything more fun.

Sitting atop such a powerful machine is so exciting—especially while wrapped safely in Daddy's arms. Everybody has to pitch in on a family farm.

Let's get to work!

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Editorial Reviews

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From Kirkus Reviews

This beautiful and stirring celebration has jubilantly detailed illustrations depicting a bucolic farm life that is lingering—and perhaps fading—from our landscape. —Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
A day on a tractor is lots of fun! After greeting the crows and taking the cover off the tractor, it's time to get the tractor started. Once it is going, the farmer and his assistant use it for spring planting. The plow digs up broken cups and springs in addition to dirt. After a break for lunch, it's back to work. Once the tractor's work is done, the humans plant the seeds in the freshly-plowed earth. After a long, hard day, both the tractor and humans rest for the night. Ransom shows both the fun and difficult work required on a farm in entertaining and fun-to-read verse. Bryant's illustrations perfectly compliment this idyllic tale of farm life. The reader will enjoy following the animals shown in the illustration yet not mentioned in the text.
School Library Journal

Spring has arrived, and it's time to till the field. "Tractor naps./Time to plow./Cover off./Wake up now!" The short and snappy rhyming text takes readers through a day as a father and his daughter board the tractor ("Leather seat./Noisy gears./Up we go!/Daddy steers") and get to work. With just four quick lines per page, the small field is done in no time. Double-page watercolor illustrations reflect the lilting rhythm of the narrative. Daddy and his girl occupy the forefront, but Mama and baby are seen in the background as they do their own chores, hanging the wash, feeding the pigs, taking lunch to the field. The mother's dress and kerchief are sweetly reminiscent of an earlier time. The antics of a trio of crows and a frisky dog add humor, and children will find additional pictorial stories on every page. With so much to capture their attention—both auditory and visual—youngsters will delight in this fresh seasonal story. A great choice for reading aloud or sharing one-on-one.
—Carolyn JanssenCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
More than the sum of its parts, this gentle rhyme hums the cadence of a rural family's day on the farm. Father and daughter ride the aged red tractor through the fields: "Leather seat. / Noisy gears. / Up we go! / Daddy steers." As the tractor tows the plow, it also excavates talismans of life such as a cracked teacup. The title suggests a very specific book geared toward the vehicle-obsessed reader, but adding dimension to the story is the woven tapestry of farm activity as Mother and the new baby feed the pigs and spread a picnic lunch for the family. Or as the dog stands on his hind legs reaching up toward the muzzle of the mule and yanks the tail of a bewildered cow. Cawing, strutting, flapping crows and ravens are constant companions throughout. With the plowing done, the family spreads seeds over the earth and plants a little garden patch especially for the daughter. This beautiful and stirring celebration has jubilantly detailed illustrations depicting a bucolic farm life that is lingering-and perhaps fading-from our landscape. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802780904
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 2/20/2007
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 186,270
  • Age range: 2 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.95 (w) x 11.16 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Candice Ransom grew up slopping hogs and swatting gnats. Tractor Day was inspired by her stepfather, who would let her ride with him in a cantankerous tractor that dug up many things, including Civil War bullets and quartz arrowheads. Candice is the author of more than 100 books for young readers, including many volumes of The Boxcar Children and Walker & Company's Liberty Street and The Promise Quilt. She holds an MFA in writing for children from Vermont College and lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia with her husband, Frank, and their four cats. Visit her Web site at

Laura Bryant is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including God Gave Us You. She lives in a converted farmhouse in the Shenandoah Mountains of West Virginia, where her neighbors, who work on family farms, helped her with Tractor Day. She says, "Nothing is sweeter than the sound of an old tractor chugging down the road." Visit her Web site at

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2008

    Great Book!

    I first saw this book at our local library. My three year old loved it so much, we decided to buy it. It has fantastic illustrations and the text is simple, clever and rhyming, so it is super fun to read. Any child who loves farms, tractors, dirt, or animals will love it!

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