Allis the Little Tractor is the first book of a series. It has a New Zealand author and illustrator. The book gives you a nostalgic look at a rural life that was the reality for a large number of New Zealanders back in the 1930s and 1940s where a tractor on a farm would have been a family’s familiar reality.
The book is informative and uses bubbles filled with words to show the young boy is using his imagination, and pretending that the tractor is ‘alive’ and desperate to work and move again. ‘Allis’ has been replaced by a bigger and newer tractor and has been abandoned under a macrocarpa tree.
She is soon bought back to life figuratively and in actuality by Toby’s Uncle. The illustrations have a very ‘kiwi’ aspect to them that stand out from other countries’ illustrators and almost look like old postcards and books that would have come from an era a long time ago.
As an adult I enjoyed reading this book, as it breathed life into a story about a wee tractor from the past.
This book would be enjoyed by mums and dads reading to their under-fives, and for early readers.
Title: Allis the little tractor
Author: Sophie Siers
Illustration: Helen Kerridge
Publisher: Millwood-Heritage Productions
Date of Publication: 2015
Age: Picture book
Reviewer: Christina McLean
School: Botany Downs Primary