26 May 2011

The Rusty, Trusty Tractor by Joy Cowley

Sometimes new is not always best and this book is a good reality check for this little boy and the pushy salesman. This farmer has had this tractor since his old plow horse passed on and although it has been putting in many years this boy's grandfather knows how to keep it going. When the local tractor salesman gives a bet that it won't last the season everything seems to be on the line - will the storms destroy the crop? can that tractor pull the baler?

I love at the end, when all the bales of hay are safe and sound that the sheepish salesman comes to deem grandfather the winner of the bet - yummy jelly donuts are the prize. What tops the end off though is how the tractor ends up pulling the salesman's car out of the mud when it gets stuck! My son really enjoyed this book and we read it several times.