Prather’s Pick: A new Longmire novel, a farm story and summer reading |

Prather’s Pick: A new Longmire novel, a farm story and summer reading

Diane Prather
Diane Prather

If you’re a fan of Craig Johnson’s Longmire mystery series, you’ll be delighted to learn that his new book, “Dry Bones,” came out May 12. I have not read it yet, but since my husband Lyle is a Longmire fan, I ordered the book for him through Downtown Books. He has finished reading the book already, and I think he enjoyed it as much as the other novels in the series; he has read them all.

Craig Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author. His books inspired the “Longmire” television series that will return on Netflix this fall. Johnson has won several awards for his writing. Two of his books have been reviewed in this column.

Johnson lives in Ucross, Wyoming, population 25.

This week, while I was browsing through the books in the children’s room at the Craig Moffat County Library, I found “Big Tractor,” a picture book. Children’s librarian Sally Beauchamp says that the book is especially popular with the boy readers — not that girls wouldn’t enjoy it, too.

“Big Tractor” was written and illustrated by Nathan Clement. The book is published by Boyds Mills Press, Inc., 2015. The book I reviewed was in hardcover, and it costs about $16.95.

The “star” of the book is a great big dark green tractor with lighter green wheels. No brand name is written on the tractor. The book begins in the spring when the farmer opens the shop door and takes the tractor out to begin the season’s work. He hooks on the plow and goes to work breaking up the soil.

Farm work involves the whole family, and that’s just what goes on at this farm. When it’s planting time, the farmer’s wife and young son help haul seed to the planter. And, they are there to help when the hay is cut, baled and put away for the winter.

The reader follows the big tractor as it used for all of the other work, too, including the fall harvest. Though a combine is used to cut the wheat, the tractor hauls the grain wagon. It also hauls in the corn. But there’s also time for fun!

This is an easy-to-read book. The illustrations are bold and colorful, and I can understand why young readers enjoy reading about this big tractor. Best of all, the book captures the spirit of farm life.

Sally Beauchamp says that lots of kids have signed up for the summer reading program. Happy reading, everyone!


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