Picture Book Illustrator & Author


written and illustrated by Loren Long

Philomel  2009

New York Times Bestseller

In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance.  Learn more about Otis at Otisthetractor.com!  

Otis is a lovable 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, romping in the fields, leaping bales of hay and playing ringaround- the-rosy by Mud Pond.

But when the big yellow tractor comes to the farm and replaces Otis, he is cast away to rust behind the barn—until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor (and it’s not big or yellow) who saves the day. It’s little Otis! 

Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable story—and a truly unforgettable character.

Reading level: Ages 4-8Hardcover: 40 pagesPublisher: Philomel (September 22, 2009)Language: EnglishISBN-10: 0399252487ISBN-13: 978-0399252488Also available as a board book:ISBN-10: 0399256008ISBN-13: 978-0399256004

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