Saturday, 5 November 2016

Adventures of an Allis-Chalmers tractor (1938) in rural New Zealand

NZ Writer and Illustrator 

Sophie Siers, illustrated by Helen Kerridge

Allis Helps on the Farm

Millwood Heritage Productions, 2016    $19.99pb 32pp

ISBN 978 0 4733 6921 7

Themes: Allis-Chalmers Tractors (1938)/  Perseverance/ Rural life – New Zealand/ Series  

Now that Allis the little tractor is restored to working order she is ready for anything – even the long pull up the steep hill with feed for the hungry cows. The illustrations are amazing and positively exude the feel and almost the smell of rural New Zealand. Clever use of a greeny yellow wash on the large images gives the viewer the impression of actually being in the scene. A great successor to the first book in the series Allis the Little Tractor winner of the Best First Book in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults 2016. 

The six little boys I shared this with a couple of days ago can’t wait for the next Little Tractor adventure. Note: Little girls will love it too – it’s just in the situation I was in, the girls were out digging in the veggie garden...  

Preschool up/ Age 4 up

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