Fiction | 26 August 2015Following the Tractor: A Year on the Farm Share article facebook twitter google pinterest With all of our after-school programs, sports teams, homework, dinner plans, and family get-togethers, it might be tempting to grumble about our busy schedules, but before we do, let’s take a minute to consider the life of a farmer. A farmer typically rises at 5 A.M. to feed the animals and bring the cows in for milking, often not stopping for breakfast until 8 A.M! The rest of the day is filled with various jobs, depending on the type of farm, such as planting, fertilizing, and harvesting crops, keeping the fencing and machinery in running order, taking care of the animals, and completing business transactions. There’s no stopping for dinner until the animals are fed and put away for the night, as animals need food and rest as much as people do. Because a farmer’s work depends so much on the land and the changing seasons, there is rarely time to take a break – life on a farm requires hard work day-in, day-out, all year around. Although ceaseless, a farmer’s work is also very rewarding. As the seasons change from summer to fall to winter to spring, the farmer watches the fruits of his labor grow before his very eyes, and he has the satisfaction of knowing that these products are nourishing friends, family, and strangers alike. In Following the Tractor from Frances Lincoln Children, we get an inside look into this rewarding process from the vantage point of one of the most important workers on the farm: the farmer’s tractor! Spanning one year, from one winter to the next, Following the Tractor highlights the ups and downs of farm life in calming poetry—perfect for settling down the kids before bedtime. Read on for an excerpt from Following the Tractor, and remember to be thankful for all our hardworking farmers next time you slice into a loaf of bread or pour a glass of milk! Excerpted from Following the Tractor The winter soil is sleeping, when the tractor comes along, pulling its plough through the cold, hard ground. And the birds fly down, to see what can be found, by following the tractor around and around. Then the tractor brings a seed drill, to sow the soil with seeds, and the birds fly down, to see what can be found. Author: Susan Steggall Format: Hardback, 32 Pages ISBN: 9781847804891 Age Range: 2 to 5 Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.