By Loren Long
On the farm the place Otis the tractor lives, it hasn't rained in many years and farmers everywhere in the valley have grown worried with water in such brief offer. One sizzling afternoon, while Otis and his buddies are resting underneath the coloration of the apple tree, Otis spots anything relocating down within the valley—an orange tabby cat headed instantly for the previous barn. yet then Otis sees anything else that explanations his engine to sputter . . . a swirl of smoke coming from an identical barn. A fire!
As Otis races towards the hearth together with his associates in tow, he spots the tabby cat mewing in alarm. Otis rushes inside of to find the resource of the cat's worries--her little kittens are perched up at the hayloft, scared. Otis by no means hesitates. but even after he grants a tractor choked with kittens appropriately open air, their mama continues to be disillusioned. Re-entering the burning barn, Otis discovers why: one tiny kitten, nonetheless too scared to maneuver. With a pleasant chuff, Otis coaxes her down and she or he scampers out the door. that is while the ground collapses with a CRASH, trapping the tractor. Now Otis, the buddy each person can anticipate, needs to anticipate his friends.
Told with a feeling of play and devotion, it is a heartwarming story that reminds readers that typically even those that we anticipate to aid us desire a little support themselves. From the author of Otis, Otis and the Puppy, and the illustrator of The Little Engine That Could and Of Thee I Sing by President Barack Obama.
Praise for Otis and the Kittens
* "As regularly, perseverance, teamwork, and a middle of gold repay for Otis and his neighbors. whilst learn aloud, the textual content flows off the tongue with sounds and phrases that reach the imagery created within the beautiful gouache and pencil illustrations. The compositions make nice use of viewpoint and movement and are expertly laid out . . . There are great textured info that carry the tale to lifestyles. [T]he ideal lapsit read-aloud, combining the ever-popular topics of tractors, livestock, and firefighters."--School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW
"Long's 7th bucolic story of an old tractor with a smiling face and an outstanding center will please the little chuffer's many enthusiasts. The dynamic, fluid illustrations with a retro-rural vibe recall to mind Norman Rockwell's the USA with a Saturday comics spin. The topic of teamwork performed out a number of occasions throughout the story is communicated as easily because the story itself. stick with it puffin', Otis!"--Kirkus Reviews
"Long creates a robust feel of suspense and possibility as charcoal smoke gathers within the sky and shiny flames lick the beams of the barn as Otis is going to paintings, yet bravery, loyalty, and gritty selection are the true stars of the story—traits that Otis and his animal neighbors have in plentiful supply."--Publishers Weekly
From the Hardcover edition.
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