Friday, August 13, 2021

New Interview about A Tractor Named Wilbur on


Please stop by to check out my new interview on with  Pat Rullo.

We talk about several different topics, such as Wilbur's book  and my thoughts on being a children's author. Special thanks to Pat Rullo for interviewing me.

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Blog post by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones


Please check out Kathryn Elizabeth Jones' lovely blog about  A Tractor Named Wilbur.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

A Tractor Named Wilbur wins two first place awards!


We are so proud to announce   A Tractor Named Wilbur won two first place awards in the  Preschool
and Children's Early  Reader categories of the contest. Special thanks to Holly Humphrys-Bajaj for her adorable illustrations that showed Wilbur's personality.

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

New Review for a very informative, educational book: The Secret of Plants in the Environment

The Secret of Plants in the Environment is full of intriguing facts and statistics about plants and the many things that can affect a plant’s lifespan. The information is well researched and presented. This book investigates the results of various types of stress on plant life. For example, you will learn how plants adjust to drought and extreme temperatures. Prior to reading this book, I was not aware of the defenses plants can develop when dangers arise. They really are quite ingenious when you discover all of the abilities nature has given them. The Secret of Plants in the Environment conveys a wealth of facts about plants. You will learn so many new things from the three life cycles in the plant; “invisible growth of root, visible growth of the stem” and the appearance of blossoms and fruit. You will see what happens to plants when they are exposed to a wide variety of environmental hazards and the possible remedies for them. In addition, you may be surprised to learn that new “Cash Crop Development” is using tea, and cardamom to encourage “Broom plantations,” which help impoverished farmers increase their income. The government of India also promotes farmers to grow crops like ginger and turmeric. There are a great many subjects discussed in this book and readers are sure to learn new facts such as how magnetic fields may be beneficial to plant life, what kind of proteins are essential to plants? How do some hardy plants manage to survive in cold weather? What kind of fertilizers can help plants? There is no doubt The Secret of Plants in the Environment will enrich your knowledge of plant life and ways that plants can cope with various stresses. You will also so what we can do to help both plants and the environment thrive. I enjoyed the pictures and charts that explained certain scientific processes and the effects of various elements on plants. In the back of the book, you will see a list of contributing scientists, as well as a list of common names, and a collection of scientific terms. My suggestion would be to add a definition to the scientific terms so that people who are not involved in research or botany, could familiarize themselves with the words that may be unfamiliar to them. This book would be of immense value to botanists, students conducting experiments with plants as well as those who are concerned with making the environment safer for plants and humans. My compliments to the author, Rishikesh Uphadhyay, for a job well done. My rating: Four stars

Monday, June 21, 2021

A Tractor Named Wilbur Featured on Think Ahead Kids!

 Did you hear the news? Wilbur's story is featured on #ThinkAheadKids. Want to know more about his book? check it out here:

You'll see lots of great information on Wilbur, even a brand new review by a five-year-old, who loved Wilbur's tale! 

Be sure to stop by and check it out.

Thank you #ThinkAheadKids

                                  cover and illustrations by Holly Humphrys-Bajaj

Wilbur in his barn

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Tuesday, June 8, 2021

A Tractor Named Wilbur featured on Reader's Magnet!


I appreciate the opportunity to discuss my first picture book, A Tractor Named Wilbur- Friendships Last Forever today. It is the winner of the prestigious Mom’s Choice Gold Medal.  Thank you, Author’s Lounge, for the invitation to introduce Wilbur’s story to your audience.

Wilbur is a cheerful little red tractor who loved helping his friend Jim. Wilbur has known Jim for five years. In the morning, Jim would typically open the barn door and say, “Top o’ the mornin’ to you, Wilbur.” In the summer Wilbur loved mowing the grass for Jim. He cut every blade of grass perfectly. Jim appreciated Wilbur’s efforts. He proved that by taking very good care of him. For example, when Wilbur’s tires were muddy, Jim hosed them off and dried them with a towel. Jim had a tool box with Wilbur’s name on it. He even covered Wilbur with a fluffy green blanket when the weather was chilly.

Although Wilbur loved cutting the grass for Jim, he wanted more things to do. Wilbur asked Jim if there were other tasks he could learn. The little red tractor was thrilled to wear chains on his tires in the winter to help keep him from slipping while he pushed the snow into neat piles. Before long, Wilbur pulled a small cart so Jim could carry gardening tools and weeds from the flower beds. He loved his life with Jim, but things were about to change.

One morning Jim opened the barn door. He didn’t say, “Top o’ the mornin’ to you Wilbur.” Of course, Wilbur noticed something was bothering Jim. He said, “Jim, you look sad. What’s wrong?”

Jim explained he wanted to buy the lot across the street so he could have his own vegetable garden. Wilbur answered, “That’s exciting. Why are you sad?”

Jim whispered, “Wilbur, you’re getting o-l-d-e-r.” He told his little tractor that he would feel very sad if Wilbur got hurt while mowing that big field. Jim felt he needed a new tractor.

When he heard the news, Wilbur’s body shook and tears cascaded down his headlights. Wilbur stomped his tires, insisting he didn’t want to leave. 

The next day, Jim came into the barn to visit Wilbur. He washed Wilbur’s headlights with warm soapy water. He patted the little tractor and reassured him that he would find a new home for Wilbur with someone who loved him.

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Friday, May 28, 2021

Memorial Day


Please take a moment to honor our military, past and present. We our them a debt we can never repay for defending our country. Each of them is a hero.

copyright Deanie Humphrys-Dunne 2021