Spotted on our walk today – possibly the most cheerful tractor in the world.
It made me think of the Ladybird book Tootles the Taxi (written by Joyce B. Clegg and illustrated by John Kenney), which features a variety of anthropomorphised vehicles.
I did used to have a copy, but it got lost somewhere along the way. Pictured above is Tony the Tractor. Other characters include Larry the Lorry, Billy the Baker’s Van and Cuthbert the Coal Cart. Each one had a little rhyme. I’m afraid that a quick hunt on the internet has failed to turn up Tony’s verse, so here instead is Billy’s, just to give you an idea:
I’m Billy the baker’s van,
Painted bright red;
I carry the sugar buns,
Pastry and bread.
I take all the orders
Round to each door,
And all of my customers
Come back for more!
It’s quite sad really, as the tractor is one of the few vehicles still in regular use now. The book was first published in 1956, and its baker’s vans, coal carts, trolley-buses, railway drays and milk-floats are thin on the ground these days.
Still, it’s nice to know that Tony the Tractor is happy and enjoying his retirement in rural France.