A Tractor Named Wilbur

Friendship Lasts Forever

Children - Adventure
42 Pages
Reviewed on 09/23/2019
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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Jim McNab was proud that Wilbur stayed with him all his life. They met five years ago and they have been together since then. Wilbur was happy that Jim took good care of him and his red paint looked as shiny as the first day they met. They did lots of work together like mowing the grass and plowing snow in the winter. Jim planned to buy the lot across the street to have his own vegetable farm and he was not sure if Wilbur would get hurt mowing a big field like that. Wilbur was getting old and Jim decided to find him a new home where he would be loved. Wilbur was sad and he did not want to leave. Jim promised to visit him in his new home. Would he be happy in his home and would he be able to make new friends?

A Tractor Named Wilbur: Friendship Lasts Forever by Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is a fun read about friendship and the story will bring a smile to the faces of young readers. It will also make them eager for the next book to read about Wilbur's adventures in his new home. Holly Humphrys-Bajaj breathes life into the story with her wonderful illustrations and gives Wilbur a personality of his own. It is a lovely bedtime storybook and can be used in classrooms and school libraries for read-aloud and storytelling sessions. The questions at the end make the book interactive and fun, and perfect for classroom activities.

Colleen Cheseboro

5.0 out of 5 starsA Delightful Read!
September 16, 2019
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Deanie Humphrys-Dunne is an award-winning children’s author with a new series called, “A Tractor Named Wilbur,” which will delight young readers and parents alike.

Wilbur is a sweet, but shy red tractor owned by Jim. When Jim buys more land to expand his farming operation, he shares his decision with Wilbur. The tractor is heartbroken to find out he is too small and old to work the acreage.

Jim promises to find Wilbur a new home. Instead of feeling sorry for himself, the tractor realizes that this new lifestyle change will introduce him to new friends and adventures. What a fabulous outlook on life!

Do you have a grandchild or friend who would love this story? They will fall in love with this sweet character.

Virginia Wright

5.0 out of 5 starsCreative book about a tractor!
September 20, 2019
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A Tractor Named Wilbur: Friendships Last Forever (Wilbur the Tractor Book 1) by [Humphrys-Dunne, Deanie] is a creative book about a tractor and his owner. I read this story before publication for the writer. To test Wilbur out and see a child's reaction, I sat down with my eight-year-old granddaughter and we read this story together prior to publication. She giggled and laughed throughout the story. Adorable book by this author and great for all ages to read!

-Virginia Wright
Author of Timothy the Christmas Mouse

M. M. Bishop

September 20, 2019
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Wilbur the tractor charmed me and made me sad at the same time. I was sad that Wilbur had grown too old to take on more land and a bigger job, but after a bit of crying, he pulled up his tires and learned to find the best in what his new life might become.

It is a great little lesson for all children. That even though we must sometimes move on it doesn't mean our lives are lost.

Theodore J. Cohen

5.0 out of 5 starsHelping children understand how life can change
September 11, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful story about a man and the tractor he loves with all his heart. They work together day in and day out, happy to be in each other’s company.

But then, the unimaginable happens: life changes. The man decides to buy more property. It’s more land than he can “work” with his little tractor, and so, the man is forced to find a new home for his friend.

Yes, in ways it’s sad. But it does teach us—and our children—that life brings many changes, and we must try to ensure that when these changes occur, everyone is taken care of.

Barbara Mojica

September 11, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Wilbur is a small, shy, red tractor who loves his owner, Jim McCabe. Jim cleans his tires and polishes his headlights. Wilbur cuts the grass, pulls the cart, and plows the snow in winter. But one day, Jim comes into the barn and asks Wilbur if he would like to have a new home.

Wilbur is distraught. He loves Jim and doesn’t want to move. Will Jim and Wilbur find a way to work things out and still be friends?

This picture book contains soft, colorful illustrations and charming dialogue. Children will learn that sometimes they must change and adapt to new situations. The book contains questions for readers to discuss with parents or teachers to maximize the lessons of the tale. Recommended to preschool and elementary school children

Grady Harp

September 21, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Award winning children’s book author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne write enchanting stories that not only entertain youngsters and share insights into developmental life lessons, but by placing the stories with animal (and mechanical!) characters, the stories become more accessible for learning. This book A TRACTOR NAMED WILBUR is enhanced by the superb illustrations of Holly Humphrys-Bajaj, Deanie’s talented sister.

Wilbur is a red tractor whose owner, Jim McNab, is his best friend. Together they mow the yard, pull a cart, scoop the snow, and Wilbur is appreciated not only by Jim, but by neighbors. Jim always compliments Wilbur and Wilbur is happy working with Jim. But one day Jim informs Wilbur that he plans to buy the lot across the street to create his own vegetable farm, and Jim feels Wilbur is too old to join him. Though Wilbur is sad and doesn’t want to be replaced, Jim assures him that in the new home Jim will find for him, there will be many animals – chickens, cats, dogs – and that makes Wilbur happy.

This is a fine story about friendship, about enjoying chores, and about changes that can open doors for new possibilities. Children (and their reading parents!) will have fun while learning important life lessons. And…there is a little quiz at book’s end to underline new knowledge. Recommended. Grady Harp, September 19


September 12, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Children's books author Deanie Humphrys-Dunne understand kids. Once again, she exhibits her special talent in "A Tractor Named Wilbur," the first book in her new series.

Wilbur, the shy red tractor, is sure to become a favorite like others before him. Remember Thomas the Tank Engine?

Wilbur is a good and loyal friend. He also has a positive attitude and gratitude towards Jim, his beloved owner. Though Wilbur is upset when he first learns about unexpected changes in his life, he quickly realizes that change may mean new friends and fun adventures.

Gigi Sedlmayer

"The story shows, that changes can come any time and one has to be prepared for it.
A wonderful story for boys and girls. They would love the story and the wonderful drawings of Wilbur."

Patricia Moore

What I liked about this book is that I liked Wilbur and cared what happened to him. When he was sad I felt sad for him. Good writing!

David H.

"My kids and I enjoyed this book, this is a good story about how even the smaller person can do great things. Looking forward to more Wilbur adventures."

K. Nihn

"A tractor named Wilbur takes you on a fun filled journey in this colorfully illustrated book. My kiddos enjoyed it!"

Sherry Ellis

5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Story about Friendship and Life Changes
September 25, 2019
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Wilbur is an industrious little tractor who likes to do chores around the farm. When his owner decides he's going to buy a larger plot of land across the street and needs a bigger, newer tractor, Wilbur is sad. The owner reassures him that they will still be friends, and that when Wilbur goes to a new home, he'll meet new friends and have new adventures.

A Tractor Named Wilbur is a sweet story to share with children to initiate conversations about how life changes. It also shows them that friendships don't have to end when friends move to different locations. Recommended for children ages 5-7.

Susan Brougher

5.0 out of 5 stars Helps a child see the positive side of changes
October 11, 2019
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A really cute story! I had to smile often at the sweetness of it. Wilbur the tractor is much loved by his owner. An easy read with an important message for children about change and seeing the possibilities of new adventures. The reader could feel what it was like for Wilbur, the owner, and Hattie, the chicken through the author's clever style of conversing. The questions at the end were a good idea to encourage children to remember what they read, and to help them express their thoughts when answering.

J. L. Mitchell

5 stars Bedtime Favorite!
October 10, 2019
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LOVE THIS BOOK! I love Wilbur, the hard-working shy little red tractor! This story is absolutely perfect for all the little preschoolers and elementary students. Well written, wonderful life lessons, very pretty artwork by author’s sister, Holly!

5 Stars! Highly recommended.

jack Purser

Great Tale of Friendship!
September 17, 2019
Format: Kindle Edition
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne shares a great story of friendship between a farmer and his tractor in "A Tractor Named Wilbur." The story provides great examples of how close Farmer Jim and Wilbur have been with doing yard and field work by pulling carts and plowing during cold and snowy weather. Humprhys-Dunne does a great job showing how even the greatest relationships change over time and how to embrace new adventures and friends during a lifetime. The illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj provide a great rustic farm feel and style to the story. I recommend this story to children aged 4 to 8 years old.