Mi tractor

Barefoot. (Barefoot Singalongs). Mar. 2024. 32p. tr. from English by Deyanira Navarrete . Board $9.99. ISBN 9798888591123. BL.
Toddler-PreS–Each page of Mi tractor illustrates the farmer’s daily tasks and provides two rhyming lines in Spanish that build on each other as the story progresses. Well-cultivated fields beautifully demonstrate a variety of growing plants and occasionally include a hidden rabbit or two feeding on vegetables, or a flock of birds pecking at seeds that are worth discovering! The farmer picks up hay bales, a vaca pinta, two donkeys, three pigs, four white sheep, five hens, and these are playfully piled on to the tractor’s cart when a country road journey takes this precious cargo to the farmer’s home. Animals moo, bray, and cluck through green pastures and snowy fields and the tractor’s noises—“¡Clonc, clonc, clanc, clanc, piii!”—accompany their loud hubbub. Both animals and farmer announce “¡Qué trabajo tengo hoy!” and a stone in the road causes a commotion, but all’s well at the end of this story as each farm animal makes its way to the barn. The onomatopoeia would make this perfect of story time; the vibrant illustrations are reminiscent of Byron Barton’s artwork. Each farm vehicle is featured in the “behind the scenes” spread along with the produce found in the fields. A separate page is dedicated to the chorus of singers accompanying Mauricio’s “Mi tractor,” complete with score.
VERDICT This delightful board book will draw the young readers into a farmer’s colorful world.

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