Otis and the scarecrow

by Long, Loren,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Summary
A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of kindness, Otis and the Scarecrow is the perfect book in which to explore compassion, friendship, and standing up for others.


On the farm where Otis the tractor lives, the farmer has introduced someone new - a scarecrow to shoo away the pesky crows. But when Otis and the animals greet the scarecrow with friendly smiles, the scarecrow's frown never leaves his face. Day after day, alone, he stares out into the cornfield. So everyone leaves him be.
Then one day, when a cold autumn rain sets in, Otis and the animals snuggle close and play Otis's favourite game- the quiet game. Otis knows the puppy and ducks can't sit still for long, and soon the farm friends begin to giggle and squirm, feeling warmed by one another's friendship . . . but on this day, Otis can't seem to take his eyes off the lonely figure in the cornfield.
A deeply resonant book about subtle acts of kindness, Otis and the Scarecrow is the perfect book in which to explore compassion, friendship, and standing up for others.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Otis, the friendly little tractor, is happy when the farmer mounts a scarecrow in the cornfield one late summer day. Otis presumes the newcomer is a potential pal and is quite disappointed when the scarecrow appears to only be interested in doing his job, never smiling and never acknowledging Otis or his farm animal friends. No one wants to approach the new arrival who wears a perpetual frown, and so he spends all his time alone. One cold, rainy fall day, amiable Otis decides the scarecrow looks too desolate, and he quietly moves to include him in the warm circle of friends. Appealing gouache-and-pencil illustrations in muted green, brown, and tan, with accents of red and orange, feature Otis with his doe-eye headlights and sweet demeanor and reveal true compassion. Images at the front of the framed illustrations are in focus, while the backgrounds are hazy, giving the art a pleasant perspective. Readers will enjoy this sixth tale of an admirable leader who does the right thing with quiet confidence.--Owen, Maryann Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Otis the tractor's goodhearted nature continues to shine in his fifth picture book. The farmer has just placed a new scarecrow in the cornfield, and the "sour look" permanently stitched onto the scarecrow's burlap head says plenty about its perceived attitude. As the days pass, the silent scarecrow remains indifferent to Otis and the farm animals below. Eventually, Otis finds a way to bring the scarecrow into the fun he and the animals are having-or at least to bring the fun to him. Although Otis himself is entirely animate, Long leaves the scarecrow's sentience an open-ended question. As the book comes to a close, Otis "couldn't be sure, but he thought he might have seen the scarecrow smile." Readers will have to hazard their own guesses, as the scarecrow's face is turned away from them in the final pages. Ages 5-8. Agent: Steven Malk, Writers House. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Tractors -- Juvenile fiction.
Scarecrows -- Juvenile fiction.
Farm life -- Juvenile fiction.
Domestic animals -- Juvenile fiction.
Tractors -- Fiction.
Scarecrows -- Fiction.
Farm life -- Fiction.
Domestic animals -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2014
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 x 29 cm
ISBN 9780399163968
0399163964
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