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Otis by Loren Long
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Feb 24, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: elementary, picture-book, friendship, fiction

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 the calf, and you so wish that you can hold on to that feeling of youth that seems eternal. But this idyllic landscape is disrupted by modernization and change in the form of a big, new tractor that puts poor Otis out to pasture. Of course, there is a crisis involving the poor calf, and only Otis can save him. This is a must-own book that can be savored over and over again, shared with your students, your child, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, or the neighbors kids. This is a book that I recommend to all, as it will stay with your for a long time.
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