A tractor is more than a piece of farm machinery. It’s a farmer’s partner that helps him get the hard work done. This dynamic picture book shows a big tractor from spring to harvest—planting, cultivating, harvesting, and doing other important tasks on a busy farm. Bold illustrations, coupled with a simple and lyrical text, show a tractor at work throughout the seasons. For ages 5-8.
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Alexander Botts was created in 1927 by author William Hazlett Upson, and the stories are based on Upson’s work as a factory assembler and sales demonstrator for the Caterpillar Tractor Company. For almost half a century, Botts was beloved by The Saturday Evening Post readers in more than 100 short stories. These books include the original illustrations that appeared with the stories and is part of a series that will be the first to present the collection in its entirety.
Alexander Botts and his Earthworm Tractor will charm readers young and old and entertain with innocent mayhem, timeless humor, and twists of fate.
This set includes:
Welcome to the world of Alexander Botts and Earthworm Tractors, a series of humorous short stories about a bumbling salesman’s trial and tribulations selling crawler tractors. His unusual sales tactics send the machines through impervious swamps, murky lakes, and high snowbanks. His schemes consistently backfire but, in the end, he never fails to close the deal! In this book, Botts talks his way into a job selling Earthworm Tractors for The Farmers’ Friend Tractor Company.
This book is the first in a series and will be the only publication to present the collection in its entirety, including five Botts stories that never appeared in the Saturday Evening Post.
The world’s best tractor salesman is back in this second installment of Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor. In this series of humorous short stories, Botts and his new bride travel to Europe on a special assignment to bring the solid, American-made machines to the Old World! Nicknamed “Gadget” because of her usefulness, Mrs. Botts proves to be as resourceful as her husband in cleverly closing deals in ancient cities previously thought to have no market for crawler tractors.
Botts Breaks Hollywood
The Golden Age of Hollywood was at its height in the 1930s and the world’s best tractor salesman was captivated by the glitz and glamour. In Botts Breaks Hollywood, the third installment of the Alexander Botts and the Earthworm Tractor series, the saga continues for our hero who, always ahead of his time, sees filmmaking as the future of tractor sales. In this collection of humorous short stories, Botts earns a promotion and is eager to share his enthusiasm for crawler tractors on the silver screen where his outrageous antics and blunders collide to capture the perfect shot!
Cardboard is everywhere! For creative kids aged 9 to 14, it’s the perfect eco-friendly building material, and Cardboard Box Engineering is the perfect guide to get them started on inventive tinkering. A working kaleidoscope, a marble roller coaster, a robotic hand, and a wind-powered tractor with cardboard gears are just some of the ingenious projects developed by Jonathan Adolph, author of the best-selling Mason Jar Science. Working with simple household tools, kids can follow the step-by-step photographic instructions to exercise their design smarts, expand their 3-D thinking, and learn the basics of physics and engineering with activities that have real-life applications.
Color your way through Caterpillar product history with 36 beautiful drawings of your favorite machines. Pulled from archival materials and design concepts of real and imagined machines, this coloring book traces the evolution of early, powerful crawlers to futuristic earthmovers invented to shape the landscape of this planet and beyond.
With these highly detailed designs, coloring enthusiasts young and old can explore the mechanics of a variety of machines like the sturdy Caterpillar Twenty, the efficient 772G Off-Highway Truck, and the versatile 302 CR Mini Excavator. Travel through space and time where sleek extraterrestrial scrapers and backhoes mine resources and prepare for pioneering colonies. This selection will satisfy the seasoned Caterpillar enthusiast as well as ignite a life-long passion in the next generation.
Generations have fallen in love with this classic story of a grandson and grandfather whose visit to a family farm with a special tractor brings back memories.
Grandpa Joe takes his grandson Timmy back to the site of his family’s farm, where the old house and a ramshackle barn still stand. The visit stirs up memories for Grandpa Joe—in particular, the majesty of his own father’s shiny red tractor, now rusting in the forgotten fields. An ideal gift, this picture book evokes nostalgia while demonstrating a special bond between a grandparent and grandchild. For ages 5-7.
Get your kids or grandkids excited about life on the farm with Hey Roo, What’s a Wheelbarrow? In this quirky and vibrant tale, author and illustrator Michael Haun recounts the adventure of Roo the Rooster as he takes his friends on a field trip around the farm. Through fun, beautifully drawn illustrations, this book answers several questions that kids ask about everyday experiences on the farmstead. If you enjoy the illustrations crafted by Haun in the magazine Capper’s Farmer, you and your kids or grandkids are sure to enjoy his first children’s book and the colorful art found inside.
This fun activity book inspires creative play and hours of learning fun on the farm. With stickers, checklists, and pop-out pieces, everything a little farmer needs to plant, harvest, and sell fresh-from-the-farm crops at a pretend market can be found here. From illustrated crop stickers and pop-out fruits and vegetables to farmers’ market signs and play money, every element of this colorful, interactive package encourages kids to learn more about farms, farmers, and food while offering a bounty of inspiration for imaginative play.
For Ages 4-8
Heatproof, transparent, and durable, the mason jar is a science lab just waiting to be discovered. Unlock its potential with 40 dynamic experiments for budding scientists ages 8 and up. Using just a jar and a few ordinary household items, children learn to create miniature clouds, tiny tornadoes, small stalactites, and, of course, great goo and super slime! With a little ingenuity, the jar can be converted into a lava lamp, a water prism, a balloon barometer, and a compass. Each fun-packed project offers small-scale ways to illustrate the big-picture principles of chemistry, botany, biology, physics, and more.
For ages 8-12.
In these one-of-a-kind picture books, every page is bursting with life … and tons to discover!
Children as young as 2 have a blast pointing out recognizable things (a blue tricycle, a hungry dog, a piggyback ride), while older kids can follow the star characters from page to page, telling their stories along the way.
How? Wimmelbooks are virtually instruction-free, inviting kids to make their own way through the busy Wimmelworld they encounter, and to craft their own stories. First, you’re introduced to a unique cast of characters who are hidden in plain sight on the pages that follow. As you seek them out, each character’s storyline unfolds, but it’s up to kids to interpret the scenes and create stories they think fit. It’s hours upon hours of fun and an effortless introduction to literacy, to boot.
In My Big Wimmelbook: On the Farm, adventure awaits on Wimmelfarm. From the stable to the wheat field to the rodeo, follow each character as they go about their day, whether watching Jessie the handywoman fix one thing after another or hoping Cousin Grady will survive his next blunder!
For ages 2-5.
Whether in the rugged backcountry or a suburban backyard, kids can experience the sense of personal independence and self-confidence that come from outdoor proficiency, while also developing a deeper connection to and understanding of the natural world. With this skills-based book, kids learn essential safety and survival tips and bushcraft that they need to have a safe wilderness experience. Led by outdoor leader Frank Grindrod of Earthwork Programs, every turn of the page takes kids on another stage of the journey. They learn how to pack for the outdoors, navigate using a map and a compass, choose and set up a campsite, handle and use a knife properly, build a fire, tie different types of knots, make a lean-to out of sticks and leaves, and cook over an open fire. This guide teaches more than just outdoor know-how; it fosters appreciation for the natural world and pride in knowing how to use its resources as a tool for survival and adventure.
Come on, kids: Grab a hammer, step up to the workbench, and get ready to measure, saw, drill, and make cool things! Wood Shop is an exciting introduction for today’s kids to an age-old tradition: building with wood.
With step-by-step photographs and clear instructions, aspiring woodworkers learn essential skills such as how to drive a nail, use a power drill, “measure twice, cut once,” and saw correctly. Then the fun begins, with 17 cool and creative projects kids can build to furnish the wood shop, decorate their bedrooms and homes, and create their own play equipment. Favorite projects include Tic-Tac-Toe-To Go!, One-Board Birdhouse, a Tool Tote, and a hanging Twinkle Light. Wood Shop is the perfect gift for tinkerers, young makers, and aspiring carpenters and engineers.
For ages 8-12.