Allis the Little Tractor
Just imagine how Allis feels when her best friend Toby brings his Uncle to see her. 'I think Allis is thirsty, let's find her something to drink' Allis' heart jumped. 'I am thirsty, I am thirsty,' she cried. Let the adventure begin!
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This picture book is a gentle little story about Allis, an old tractor, who has been left under a macrocarpa tree 'next to her friend Nibbles the pony, with Toby and his chickens to keep her company.' Wistfully, Allis watches the 'big and strong' new tractor, John. 'His engine was full of oil, he had air in his tyres and a tank full of diesel.'Young Toby enjoys climbing up on to Allis and dreaming of driving her. One day, he persuades his Uncle Jack to look at Allis. Jack and Toby work hard at getting her back into working order. 'Very carefully, because she was so old, they unstuck her rusty engine parts.'
When the repairs are complete they try her. (Sophie Siers' text has a lovely piece of personification here.) 'Allis coughed as the petrol tickled her carburettor. Her gearbox graunched and her wheels started to turn.'As Jack drives them around the paddock, both Allis and Toby feel their dreams have come true.
This story is neatly told with pared-back prose and careful attention to vocabulary. The narrative leaves plenty of room for young readers to let their imaginations unfold.Helen Kerridge's attractive illustrations really capture the mood of the story. Details, such as the sparrow's nest under the bonnet and the hens fleeing the moving tractor, help bring the tale to life. There is no anthropomorphism, except for a hint of pleading eyes in the tractor headlights.A useful diagram explains the parts of a tractor for the benefit of a generation that has never seen a crank handle.
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Winner of New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults: Picture Books 2016
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