Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.
As most of you know, we live in upstate New York. Because of this we live out in the country – and around farms. When we go for a walk we pass horses, cows, barns, crops, etc. – I love that my girls are growing up around this. It really is amazing. So when I received the Casey & Friends Big Tractors book and tractor toy, well, we were all excited about it. My daughters love seeing the farm equipment in action while we are out and about. We even have our own taste of a farm because we raise chickens for eggs and meat as well as have our own small vegetable garden.
This book is the perfect mix of cartoon characters and real photos of tractors. It helps kids understand how a tractor works – and my oldest is really fascinated by the engine photos. The toy tractor that is came with is so much fun too! It looks just like the tractor in the book and my girls have a blast making it “work the farm” which is actually the rug and some play food. I think this book is educational and fun and I highly recommend it. I hope to collect the whole series as they come out because I know it is something that we will read a lot of. The other books in this series are A Year on the Farm (Jan 2015), Combines (June 2015), and Planters & Cultivators (September 2015). More information on the whole series is below.
Meet “Casey & Friends.”
Written by Holly Dufek, Illustrated by Paul E. Nunn | Published by Octane Press
Ages 4-8 | 32 pages | 9×9-inch hardcover | $14.99 each
Follow Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters who teach important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team. Each title is licensed by CASE IH and highlights a different aspect of farm equipment and technology with educational sidebars, picture glossaries and fun farming facts for added learning possibilities.
A Year on the Farm with Casey & Friends (Jan. 2015) introduces children to the world of modern farming by teaching them about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Casey and her team show how tractors, combines and other equipment: plant and harvest crops, work in the farmyard, and care for animals. Learn how farming involves planning for the year, reacting to the weather, and working as a team.
Big Tractors with Casey & Friends (Apr. 2015) shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm. Find out how Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their powerful muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Learn about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.
Combines with Casey & Friends (June 2015) explains the step-by-step processes used to harvest crops by the most complex machines on the farm. Follow Cody and Kellie—the combines of Happy Skies Farm—as they do the work of three machines: gathering, separating, and unloading grain and corn.
Planters & Cultivators with Casey & Friends (Sept. 2015) features the specialized farm equipment used to cultivate, plant and spray crops. Learn how Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Early Riser Planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer work together to make this year’s crop bigger than ever. Explore the science of soil and discover how Casey’s team keeps it healthy.
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