Children’s Corner: Big Tractors + Giveaway!

22 May

UnknownBig Tractors with Casey & Friends 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.




picture-3624-1413987229Holly Dufek has spent nearly 15 years writing and editing educational curriculum for publishers such as Holt McDougal, National Geographic Education and Riverside Publishing. Holly has worked to develop content to enrich the National Common Core Standards for elementary through high school classrooms. Born in Lacrosse, Wisconsin, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her bachelor’s degree, double majoring in English and History. Her first classroom experience was substitute teaching while in graduate school at DePaul University for her Master’s in Education. Holly did her practicum in U.S. History. Licensed to teach History and English through the 12th grade, Holly decided to turn her focus on curriculum development. A Year on the Farm is her first published children’s book. Working with an amazing design team to bring agricultural education to life has been one of the most enriching experiences for her.

Holly lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin with her husband, Matt, and their three children.


picture-3625-1414610259Paul E. Nunn is a full-range artist and approved character artist for Disney, Lucas Arts and Nick Jr. He started his own freelance company to focus on children’s animation in 2000 and hasn’t looked back. Born and raised in Kenosha, WI, and drawing since he could hold a pencil, Paul got his big break right out of high school. With knowledge on new animation software, he became a pixel retouch artist for a small animation studio. As the company grew and landed big jobs with Disney, Mattel and Leapfrog, Paul worked his way up to Animation Director. Leaving in 2000 to start his own freelance business allowed Paul to focus on children’s animation. His projects include working with legacy characters from Disney’s Cinderella, Winnie the Pooh and The Jungle Book, line drawing for LucasArt’s Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Star Wars Angry Birds and illustrating a handful of titles for Nick Jr’s hit show Bubble Guppies. Getting to wake up every day with the opportunity to bring popular characters to life and share them with his own children is Paul’s biggest joy.

He lives in Racine, Wisconsin with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

My Impressions:

All three of my kids were fascinated with tractors. The highlight of our annual visit to the Georgia National Fair was climbing on tractors of every size and purpose. And I know my kids were not alone. Big Tractors with Casey & Friends is the perfect way for your child to get his/her tractor fix! It looks at everything you can imagine — from their jobs on the farm, what makes them work and how they were developed. I loved the mix of illustrations and photographs of tractors at work. There is also a timeline, a glossary and some fun facts about tractors. And all kids should know how important farm work is and this book highlights that importance.

Targeted towards children 4–8, this book is really great for kids of ALL ages!


To purchase this book, click HERE

(Thanks to Octane Press for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)



CASEIH-Tractor-ToyTo win a copy of Big Tractors with Casey & Friends and a CASE IH Magnum 370 CVT Tractor Toy, leave me a comment. Giveaway ends June 1. (US only.)



11 Responses to “Children’s Corner: Big Tractors + Giveaway!”

  1. KathyW May 22, 2015 at 5:10 am #

    Thank you for this give-away. I’m glad to know there are illustrations along with photographs. Illustrations are just so much more appealing for the imagination than a photograph in children’s literature. A balance of the two is a great way to keep their attention.


  2. Susan Byerly May 22, 2015 at 6:28 am #

    This sounds like a great book for my grandson. He was in a drowning accident and I’ve been looking for books that I know he was interested in before his accident. He can see bright and big things so this sounds perfect.


  3. Kristi May 22, 2015 at 7:38 am #

    I would love to win this! My nephew loves books and would enjoy this!


  4. Sonja May 22, 2015 at 7:49 am #

    I have a grandson who is the perfect age for this and he loves books and tractors. Would love this! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com


  5. lorih824 May 22, 2015 at 9:09 pm #

    My 2 year loves tractors. He would love this book 🙂
    Thank you


  6. pudyqat May 23, 2015 at 7:12 pm #

    My son loves tractors and all kinds of big trucks and vehicles. He’d love this!


  7. Lisa Garrett May 24, 2015 at 9:25 am #

    My grandson would love this!


  8. Jessica Beard May 24, 2015 at 9:15 pm #

    My sons would love to have this! They are huge tractor fans.


  9. lib1ladyj May 25, 2015 at 1:36 pm #

    What a wonderful book for the Church Library and a toy to help promote it.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.


  10. Kimberly Linaburg May 25, 2015 at 4:28 pm #

    This sounds like a great book for my 3 boys to learn about tractors! Thanks for the giveaway!


  11. Ashley H. May 30, 2015 at 9:58 am #

    I have so many little boys in my life that would absolutely love this!


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