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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


  • Thursday, Friday10 am-3 pm
  • Saturday 10am – 4 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 4 pm

Closed Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday

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Top of the Shelf: Otis

Otis by Loren Long

In the tradition of Virginia Lee Burton's Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Long's lead character is a lovable anthropomorphized machine. The tractor Otis befriends a lonely calf and the two romp across the farm with great jubilation until Otis is put out to rust and the forlorn calf stumbles into a mud pond. Children will cheer as Otis outdoes other would-be helpers to come to his friend's rescue. Rich red-and-brown tones flow across the pages in scenes reminiscent of Burton's sweeping spreads.

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