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Grandpa's Tractor / by Michael Garland


Title: Grandpa's Tractor 
Author:  Michael Garland
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
ISBN: 978-1-59078-762-5
Year: 2011

Concepts: economic development, natural resources, human resources, capital resources

Review:  Grandpa Joe and Timmy had to drive through a large housing development in order to reach their destination: the remains of an old barn and farmhouse where Grandpa used to live when he was Timmy's age. At some point the family had decided to sell off their farmland to developers, but Grandpa still had fond memories of growing up on the farm and helping his father with the work. When Timmy saw the old rusty tractor hiding in the weeds, he had little trouble imagining Grandpa as a little boy sitting on that tractor and helping with the plowing, planting, and harvesting.

A story about the transformation of farmland into sprawling suburbs comes alive with wonderfully expressive illustrations in Michael Garland's characteristic style. Teachers and parents can use the book to talk with young learners about the importance of human, natural, and capital resources in operating a farm. The cover may signal another run-of-the-mill tractor book, but the contents go far beyond and can stimulate some lively discussions about resources and development.

Review by: Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

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