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Tony has the best tractor in the world--"at least until the day that his neighbor Ned shows up with a shiny new one. Desperate to get a brand-new tractor of his own, Tony is happy when he crashes his old tractor, thinking that his parents will now have to buy him a new one. Alas--"that is not the case. Without his tractor, Tony's days are long and boring. Finally, together ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by North-South Books
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Shannon
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story was trying to teach a good lesson about valuing what you have and not being wasteful, but it fell pretty flat to me. After the boy sees his uncle fixing the big tractor, he asks to fix his up and all of a sudden he loves it again and doesn't care about his friend having a new one. But there is no real explanation for why he has this change of heart. Did he realize that an old tractor is better than no tractor? Did he realize the value of hard work and being able to fix your belongings ...more
Leah
Feb 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children-s
We've been checking out the tractor books in the library. While this had the potential to be a nice story about a boy with his toy tractor, the same one his dad and uncle had growing up, it fell incredibly short.

My major gripes with this story are as follows: the aesthetics of it were just bad, the family had a junk pile where they just threw away old stuff in their yard (which is both wasteful, messy, and the opposite of being a good steward), the house and yard looked run down, and the parents
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Janae
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit
This book isn't amazingly written, but it teaches solid values about appreciating what you have and repairing items instead of discarding them (great for our current "throw away" society). W really liked it.
J Kreuz
Apr 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
Loved the idea of this story. Teaches that the newest thing is not always the BEST thing. Deals with "Grass is greener" syndrome!
Samantha Penrose
Jun 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
In a world where everyone wants the newest, shiniest, biggest, best "toys", its nice to find a book with the message that you already have all that you want or need!
Love what you have!
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