Farmer John and his rusty (yet trusty) tractor come to the rescue when more conventional vehicles fall short.
It's been a very rainy winter. Farmer John and a flock of sheep, along with his vigilant sheepdog, watch as the riverbanks spill over. It's a flood! Down the river, inside a bright yellow Volkswagen, a family of four sits stranded in the water. A man in a sturdy gray Jeep comes to help, but the vehicle rolls onto its side. Next comes a red tow truck—"strong as can be"—but its wheels spin around in the muck. The truck gets stuck, and the water rises a little higher. Even a fire engine can't get through; the rain's caused a slide, and there are rocks in the mud. All this time, Farmer John's tractor has been locked in his shed, rusty but ready to work. He springs into action; the tractor splutters and starts with a roar. In short order, his big wheels plow through the water and right up to the sinking car. "Hop in!" he cries, and the family squeezes together. They're safe. Farmer John has saved the day. Sutton's muscular rhyming text turns the tractor into a folk hero, and Belton's watercolor illustrations add a dreamy quality.
Great for “rusty yet trusty” grandparents to read to adoring grandchildren. (Picture book. 4-7)