“Plows, harrows, and cultivators!”
Positive, practical life lessons abound as popular character Tractor Mac returns in this light, new selection for vehicle-loving listeners and readers. This time, the animals are curious when a number of tools arrive at the farm. They are too small for Mac, so whom could they be for? New tractor Daisy, of course, who is much stronger than her diminutive size would suggest. Colorful illustrations with plenty of action and detail depict the farm and its inhabitants as Daisy, who is optimistic but overwhelmed by all the work to be done, realizes she may not be able to do it all on her own. First the farm’s animals and vehicles offer aid, and then Daisy learns how to work independently and break a big job into manageable parts by setting targets. The story is a bit unfocused and the text a bit pedestrian, and it is irritating that Steers concocts a scenario in which the female character needs advice from the paternalistic Mac. Still, the fact that there is a girl tractor at all is mildly praiseworthy, and the cheerful pace, chirpy dialogue and satisfying ending are sure to please fans of the series.
A pleasant-enough trip to the farm. (Picture book. 2-7)