Tuesday 14 May 2013

Big Red Tractor Saves the Day

Big Red Tractor Saves the Day by Melissa Firth, illustrated by Cheryl Orsini (Scholastic Press)
PB RRP $14.99
ISBN 978-1-7428-125-1
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Big red tractor is busy at work on the farm, ploughing the fields, planting seeds and watering the plants when suddenly a nest with a baby bird appears in the field in front of him. Can the tractor save the day?

Big Red Tractor Saves the Day is a sweet tale about a hard day’s work and a valiant rescue. Filled with colour, movement and sound, young children will enjoy this story. The rhyme is smooth and anticipation is built up as the tractor gets closer to the nest:

 The tractor’s getting closer, wheels spinning round,
 Churning the earth with a crunching sound.
 Chugga chugga chugga brmm brmm brmm.

The illustrations are bright and cheerful. The farmer has a smile on his face as he steers his tractor around, pulling different attachments for the different jobs in the field.

This simple, happy story is great for children from 2 years. Boys especially, who love tractors and trucks, will enjoy having this read to them.

This is the third book that Melissa Firth and Cheryl Orsini have written and illustrated together. The first two are Fredrik goes Bananas and Red Plane to the Rescue.

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