Jane Aumann and Cindy Ladage’s new book, My Name is Huber; a Tractor’s Story was released in January of 2013 by Oaktree Press out of Taylorville, Ill. This is the third children’s farm book written by Aumann and Ladage.
My Name is Huber; a Tractor’s Story focuses on a Huber tractor in 1927 that rolls off the factory room floor and tells his story through the tractors eyes. Huber works on his farm through the Depression and World War II offering insight into farming practices of that time and place. After being replaced by newer, faster equipment, finally the farmer’s grandson restores Huber to his former glory, Huber comes back to share his story with a new generation. The artwork for Huber is taken from actual pictures that have been formed into drawings beautifully capturing the story with the assistance of friends that shared their barn, tractor and family members to bring Huber’s story to life.
Chad Elmore, Senior Editor at Gas & Diesel Publications had this to say about My Name is Huber, “If you’ve ever run your hand along the surface of an old machine and wished it could share its story, you’ll enjoy My Name is Huber: A Tractor’s Story. The book will give you an idea of what an antique tractor might say about its life. Written by agricultural history enthusiasts Jane Aumann and Cindy Ladage, My Name is Huber is their third tractor-themed children’s book. This particular work is a memoir of sorts. In 26 illustrated, well-written, easy-to-read pages, the authors introduce readers to a 1927 Huber Super Four -- but it’s the tractor that’s telling the story. For as long as cars and tractors have existed, writers have given us machines that can think or talk, feel happy or sad, or solve life’s challenges. The stories often teach youngsters (as well as grown-ups) a lesson in the process. In this book, Huber provides an entertaining look at agricultural history as it reveals the ways raising food has changed over the years.”
Aumann and Ladage have a goal with their children’s farm books, “Our mission is to preserve agricultural heritage for the next generation.”
Previous books from Ladage and Aumann include The Christmas Tractor and Tucker’s Surprise. Jane Aumann is a language arts teacher and grew up on a farm. Cindy is a freelance writer and is married to a grain farmer. Jane and Cindy each have three children.
The Sly Fox bookstore in Virden, Ill. is carrying the book and will host an author meet and greet on March 2, 2013 from noon to 2 p.m. My Name is Huber is also available at Nickorbobs Craft mall at booth # 48 or can be ordered via Amazon.com and ShopOTPbooks.com the Oaktree Press website at http://www.oaktreebooks.com.