Friday, October 21, 2011
Otis and the Tornado by Loren Long
Otis the tractor and his friends on the farm are back again! Life on the farm is peaceful with the exception of the mean bull. None of the other animals want to go near the bull because he is so mean and scary. One day a storm blows in. The sky is dark. The wind starts howling. But Otis knows there is something different about this storm. Suddenly the storm stops and all is quiet....too quiet. Otis hears the farmer yell, "It's coming fast, get down in the cellar!" And that is when Otis realizes what is approaching....a tornado. He quickly springs into action to save his friends and leads them to a safe place to wait out the storm. But once there Otis hears a cry.....the bull is still locked in his pen. Otis must hurry to save the bull, the animal that was always so mean to him and his friends. Great story that some students may be able to relate to if they have ever been in a severe storm. We read ALOT of books at our house (and that is an understatement) BUT this is the FIRST - ONLY book that the 3 1/2 year old has actually tried to sneak in for TWO readings during the same "session"....and then requested to take it to bed with him! I think that means he likes it! I really enjoyed this one too as it is a children's picture book - that has suspense and excitement in it. I am anxious to read it to my kiddos at school to get their reaction.
Text: 5 Buckeye leaves
Illustrations: 5 Buckeye leaves
Check out Loren Long's explanation for creating his Otis illustrations in his first Otis book by clicking HERE!