by Candice F. Ransom
illustrated by Laura J. Bryant
Walker & Company
Father and Daughter climb aboard the big red tractor to rake, plow and plant the fields. Vroom! Clatter! Let the fun begin!
More than the sum of its parts, this gentle rhyme hums the cadence of a rural family's day on the farm. 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. This beautiful and stirring celebration has jubilantly detailed illustrations depicting a bucolic farm life that is lingering---and perhaps fading---from our landscape.