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The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village
by Francis Chan

Reviewed by Melissa Lockcuff

"This story not only tells the story of the big red tractor, but it shows how we need God, His Word, and His Spirit, to truly thrive and live the life we were intended to live."

As a parent, it is so wonderful when I find a book that not only tells a great story, but one that teaches my children values through the story. The Big Red Tractor and the Little Village is one such book. My youngest is all about tractors and trucks, so he was pretty mesmerized.

In the beginning of the story, we learn of a tractor that lives in a certain village. Every year the people of that village push and pull that tractor, in order to plow their fields. They work so very hard because they don’t know the potential the tractor has of helping them. Every year, they only gather enough food to feed their one village. That is, until Farmer Dave discovers a book that teaches how the tractor runs. As he reads and studies, he begins to understand that there is more that could be done; he sees how the tractor could truly change their lives. Of course, he has to prove it to the villagers by fixing the tractor. When the tractor is fixed, the people are amazed at how much can be accomplished in so little time. In fact, the future year brings a harvest of food so bountiful that they not only have enough for their village but enough to help others in need.

This story not only tells the story of the big red tractor, but it shows how we need God, His Word, and His Spirit, to truly thrive and live the life we were intended to live. In order to bless others, we have to first yield our hearts to Him.
The book is also filled with colorful illustrations that go right along with the story. The author includes supporting Scripture, as well. I appreciate the symbolism between the Owners Manual for the tractor and the Word of God. It was so funny to imagine people pushing and pulling on a tractor to plow a field….but when you really think about it, that’s how it is when we try to live our lives without the Holy Spirit, without God. This was a wonderful way to illustrate that truth to my own children.

Melissa Lockcuff: Mel is a homeschooling mom who never tires of reading with her two adventurous little boys. After working as a nurse and a teacher, she realized where her personal priorities truly lay, and she made the decision to stay home with her boys. Mel has since found a true passion for writing. Right now, she writes articles and short pieces, and she is also learning how to write literature for children. She loves all things blogging, and her personal blog, Real Heart Prints, has topics like motherhood; homeschooling; recipes; devotionals; crafting; reviews on books, movies, and other products; giveaways; and all things home and garden; etc. She currently writes reviews with the TOS Crew, and she has also partnered with a friend and fellow writer to form MamaBuzz, where she enjoys writing reviews for children's products and ministering/writing to women through that venue. She has started work on her first book, which she hopes to finish within the next few months.