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(Otis the Tractor #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  4,108 ratings  ·  400 reviews
Celebrating 10 years of Otis, everyone's favorite tractor, created by the New York Times bestselling illustrator of Love by Matt de la P�na and The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper!

Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farm and farmer. He particularly loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. The two become great friends,
Board Book, 36 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Philomel Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Michael Granse According to my library, the reading levels are as follows:

ATOS Level: 4
Lexile® Measure: 580
Interest Level: K-3(LG)
Text Difficulty: 2-3

I realize this …more
According to my library, the reading levels are as follows:

ATOS Level: 4
Lexile® Measure: 580
Interest Level: K-3(LG)
Text Difficulty: 2-3

I realize this was asked years ago, but it was never answered. (less)
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Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otis is a spunky little tractor and seems to have all those on the farm working effectively. When he is not helping the farmer, Otis plays with the animals and builds strong relationship with them. When a new calf becomes his neighbour in barn, Otis is overjoyed and adds the young one to his regular fun and games. However, the farmer chooses to replace Otis with a large tractor, sending Otis out back to live among the growing weeds. When the calf gets into trouble, only Otis can help, but will i ...more
Dec 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS. I so wanted to love this book and think maybe I placed my expectations too high since I'd been desperately wanting to read it ever since I saw it in a bookstore before Christmas. In the end, by the time I read my library copy, I really, really liked it but it lacked that extra "something" to make it really a standout in my mind. Even so, I highly recommend it! Long's inspiration is from classic children's books such as The Story of Ferdinand and Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (whi ...more
Oct 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books, kids
Cute illustrations can't save a too long book with too many plots.
The tractor and the cow are friends! Oh no, here comes a new tractor! Oh, the farmer wants to put the cow in the beauty contest! Oh no, the cow is caught in the mud! The cow is afraid of new tractor! Old tractor saves cow! Cow doesn't need beauty contest! Blah, blah, blah. Who is this book for, exactly?

Too many ideas muddle what could have been a sweet little title.
Steve Holden
May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otis brings an interesting character to the picture book world - an old tractor on a farm. I teach in a suburban district, but in an area where a lot of people in our building come from rural homes. My principal runs a farm, and he has shared this one with students as his favorite tale for the last couple of years. It's a touching story, and beautifully illustrated. It's amazing how creative children's authors and illustrators can be around the theme of friendship. ...more
Probably the most beautiful and well-written picture of the decade, hands down. Loren Long has brought back the wistful joy of children's books from long ago, in the style of Virginia Lee Burton. This enchanting tale of friendship between a calf and a small red tractor touches your heart, as you feel yourself transported to another time where no one was in a rush, and you could take in the beauty of nature around you at your leisure. Otis the Tractor traipses through the fields with his friend t ...more
Jan 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet story about the comfort an old, caring tractor brings to a lonely calf and the friendship that blooms between them. This seems like such a classic story and the illustrations had a timeless feel to them that I simply loved! The text was fairly predictable, but the story was told with warmth and tenderness (in both words and illustrations) and I couldn't help but be touched by the story. ...more
Nov 08, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers Looking for Children's Stories with a Vintage Charm
Shelves: picture-books
Otis was a happy tractor who loved his job helping on the farm, and enjoyed his after-hours occupations - riding the rolling hills, exploring the Mud Pond, playing leapfrog with bales of hay - as well. When the farmer brings a beautiful baby calf home with him, Otis finds a friend and companion as well, and his happiness is complete. But then Otis is replaced by a shiny new yellow tractor - the latest model - and parked out of sight, behind the barn. Sinking deeper and deeper into dejection, Oti ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-books
I have a love / hate relationship with this book.

I love that my kid loves to so much he instantly stops crying to pay attention. I hate that he makes me read it 3-6 times in a row and have to hide it from him.
A sweet story about an unusual friendship. Readers didn’t quite get how the great rescue happens — why does going in a circle get the calf out of the mud?
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Cliff Bathke
Aug 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-summaries
By Loren Long
1. Otis Is the story about an old tractor named Otis. He and his framer take care of the fields all day. At the end of the day Otis goes out and plays near the mud pond, jumps over bales of hay, and sits under the apple tree watching his farm. One day a little calf shows up and befriends Otis, they become best friends until the day the farmer buys a new tractor. Otis gets moved out of the barn and the calf gets sad. The farmer wants to enter the calf in a contest but cannot find
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012
This is a wonderful story about a little tractor who finds a way to be relevant, even after being replaced by a bigger, shinier, and newer tractor. The illustrations are great and complement the story very nicely. We read the next book, Otis and the Tornado first, and then discovered this one. We really enjoyed reading both of them and would like to read more about this plucky little tractor.
Diane S ☔
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Otis Took part in the We Give Books read a thon this afternoon. Everyone, everywhere read Otis with the hopes of breaking a record which I do not yet know the results.
Did love this story though of a little tractor and a little calf who become best friends. Love the message that sometimes things, in this case a tractor, cannot be replaced by the new and more modern, because it has benefits all it's own. Will buy this book for my tractor loving three year old grandson, Jake.
Annie Bastian
This book was on the Golden Sower Nominee 2011-2012 list. This book is geared toward prek- 2nd grade children. The main characters in the story are a tractor and a calf, so younger children will find the characters to be more believable.
Cute story for kids who can't get enough of tractor stories. This would make a nice alternative for parents who are sick of the endless line of Thomas the Tank Engine books. ...more
Jun 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-lp
Very sweet story of a tractor who befriends a calf. Sweet illustrations.
Oct 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just for fun. Replace "Otis" with "Wesley" while you read. ...more
a little cute tractor who happens to be not like any other.
Jul 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otis is a hard working tractor that works all the days, but also knows how to have fun at the end of the day. After his day in the fields, we follow Otis through his adventures around the farm as he would be having fun. One of his favorite things is to sit under the apple tree and overlook the farm as the sun set. One day, the farm buys a little calf who is alone and scared, but the puffs of Otis settle the little baby. The calf follows him through work and all throughout his adventures, becomin ...more
Pamela Hatch
Otis is a little tractor with a big heart and he loves the farmer and the farm where he works.after work Otis likes to unwind by playing leapfrog, ring-around-the-rosy, and other games until he is tired and sits under the apple tree and watch the farm below. Then at nightfall he heads to the barn.Then he gets a surprise when a little calf is placed in the stall next to him and soon they are the best of friends.

A second theme running through the book is that of retirement and being replaced and i
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the story about an old tractor named Otis. He and the framer take care of the fields all day and keep the farm in shape. When Otis is done with his work on the farm for the day, he goes out and plays near the mud pond, jumps over bales of hay, and sits under the apple tree watching his farm. One day Otis gets moved out of the barn to the overgrown grass because the farmer has gotten a new tractor. When the farmer wants to enter the calf in a contest, he cannot find him because he has ran ...more
Ali Book&Seaglasshunter
Otis is a tractor who loves his work on the farm. He befriends a calf and then enjoys farm life even more. Eventually Otis is replaced by a new, bigger tractor, and he is left behind the barn to be encroached upon by weeds. But when the calf is stuck in a muddy pond, only Otis can save the day, earning back some of his responsibilities on the farm in the process.
I generally really love and gravitate to farm theme picture books. They appeal to me for the nostalgia factor of spending a lot of tim
Rebecca Bland
This book is about a tractor named Otis. One day the farmer brought a new calf into the barn. The calf was scared and anxious, but Otis comforted her and helped her go to sleep. After that, they became best friends and they would do everything together. Then the farmer brought in a newer bigger better tractor and set Otis off to the side and never really used him. A couple days later, the calf gets into some trouble and the farmer and his friends tried everything they could think of to help the ...more
Categories/Genres for this class fulfilled by this book: Easy Reader

Estimate of age level of interest: ages 3-6

Estimate of reading level: Lexile AD58OL

Brief description: Otis is a beautiful book about a tractor who loves being a contributing member of the farm he works on. He befriends a calf and they have many adventures around the farm. Until one day Otis is replaced by a newer bigger tractor on the farm. He is alone and forgotten until his friend the calf is in trouble and needs help. I enjoy
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Otis by Loren Long
Since I can remember, I have loved the story of Otis and his calf. This touching story has dark and beautifully done illustrations that sets the mood for the heart felt ending. Otis, a little tractor, finds a friend in an unexpected place, the stall beside him. The little calf can only sleep to Otis’s puff. When the farmer buys a new tractor, he abandons Otis and plans to take the calf away. The calf runs away and ends up stuck in mud. Otis is the only one who can save the calf
I picked this up for the Popsugar 2020 Reading Challenge prompt of "book you picked because the title caught your attention". See, my middle name is Otis. Besides the elevator company, I rarely see the name Otis while I'm out and about. When I saw it on a kid's book I had to read it.

This Otis is a farm tractor. He becomes friends with a baby cow. According to Goodreads, this is the first in a series about Otis the tractor. Good for Loren Long putting the Otis name out there. I grew up hating my
Jul 24, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Otis is a friendly little tractor who takes care of a farm it calls home. After work it enjoys playing with the ducks or, tired and happy, sitting under the apple tree to watch the farm. For best friend, Otis has a calf, who follows the tractor around and plays with it. everything seems to be fine, until a big yellow tractor comes to substitute the small red one. Otis might have been obsolete for the work on the farm, but the calf loved it all the same. This is a story about losses and gains thr ...more
I base my review of this book on the opinions of my 4-5 yr old students. We don’t have time at the end of each unit to reread all the stories on review wk so I ask the students to vote on their favorites to reread. I’ve only taught this book in PreK for 2 yrs, but Otis has been a winner both years. The students can relate and connect with Otis through his ups and downs and celebrate with him when he is able to help a friend when “bigger and stronger” just isn’t what helps. Otis is easy to love a ...more
Oct 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grade range: 2-5
Genre: Modern Fantasy
This is such a wonderful story about friendship and loyalty. I would love reading this to students then explain the meaning of being a loyal friend. This book could be especially useful in the beginning of the year when you're wanting students to bond and become a community of learners. You can explain how you want them to be like Otis and the calf, helping each other out and keeping each other company. This could be especially useful in a 2nd or 3rd grade cl
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-lit
This book is about a tractor named Otis and his little calf friend. Together the play all day long, of course after the tracker is done working. Until a new tractor comes into the farm and takes Otis's job. What happens to Otis is sad, will he ever find a chance to be happy again?

I enjoyed reading this book. I liked how this book focuses on friendship. It kinda brings up one friends sadness and I think children can relate to that if they have a friend that is sad.

I would use this book in my cla
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