Wednesday, September 19, 2012
When Big Girl was a little girl, we found a series of books about a character named Tractor Mac. The author lives right in here in CT, which made it special to us. And Big Girl loved country things and farm things, so Tractor Mac was right up her alley. We ended up buying a bunch of the books, here and there, and when the author made an appearance out our local library, we made sure to meet the author, Billy Steers! He gave a great program where he talked about how he came up with the ideas for his books and demonstrated how he draws the characters. It was very interesting.
Now I have a little boy who loves all vehicles, so the Tractor Mac picture books are being pulled out here and there. I like that the books focus on solving a problem and helping others, two things which are always good to teach your little ones.
When we stopped at The Big E last weekend, we were so excited to see that Billy Steers had a booth in the Connecticut building! (In the photo at the top, that's Big Girl watching Mr. Steers sign books. She's still a Tractor Mac lover at 10 years old!)
We quickly picked up a book we didn't have -- one that was perfect for my twin toddlers since it is a board book:
We are so thrilled that Tractor Mac is now available in a toddler version! The book is called "Farm Days" and it has simple text and bright illustrations which are so sweet and charming. And Mr. Steers personalized it for my kids and signed it with a little pig illustration.
And Mr. Steers had the "real" Tractor Mac with him in the building:
If you have a little one in your life who loves tractors and farms, go find some Tractor Mac for your own storytimes. Our favorite was always the book "Harvest Time," which is appropriate this time of year since it involves a pumpkin picking festival.
You can even get an app for your iPhone or iPad now! Check out the web page at www.TractorMac.com for more information on the books, as well as free printables.