Otis has been pretty popular so it’s available at the library, or you may have bought it, but we received this one in a rather unique manner. A friend of ours gave it to us because she had two copies. They already had a hardcover copy when they received the paperback copy as part of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library Program.
Dolly Parton set up the Imagination Library program to foster a love of books in preschool children and make sure children of any income could have access to high quality books. In communities that have partnered with her, children under the age of 5 receive one free book per month. Marion, Indiana is one community that has partnered with her, but there are more than 1600 communities around the world that provide books to over 700,000 children every month. Independent evaluations are showing a huge improvement in literacy in those counties. I love this book because I love this program.
About the author:
Loren was raised in Lexington, Kentucky and went to UK. Go Cats! He is an author AND illustrator, with a graduate degree in graphic design. His illustrated “The Little Engine that Could” is a New York Times Bestseller. He has a companion book to Otis (called “Otis and the Tornado”) which will be in book stores on September 6th. Look for it, and don't forget, if you want to help books survive, you can promote them yourself.
Kid Discussion Questions/Activities:
1. What animals are you friends with?
2. Would you rather be friends with a cow or a tractor? Why?