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The New Old Truck
Written by Jennifer Somervell
Illustrated by Margery Fern

Retail Price: $12.95
40 pages; 21 x 21 cm.; gloss paperback binding
Color illustrations
Published in 2014 (Revised edition of Old Truck, published in 2013)

Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2014
1st Place: Picture Books 6 & Older
1st Place: Best Cover Design
2nd Place: Historical Fiction

"The New Old Truck is a magnificent children's book...this award winning collaboration combines family history with international travels and times."
-Midwest Book Review

Old Truck backfires, graunches gears, won't start and often has to be towed. Retired, rejected and shut up in a shed, Old Truck feels old and useless. But to the children he is a much loved family member. Is this the end for their beloved Old Truck?

This award winning book includes material about the American origin of the real Old Truck, a 1921 Model 10 Republic which journeyed to New Zealand in 1923. Educational graphics and old photos show his heritage in a great line of Republics made in Alma, Michigan, and his remarkable rescue and restoration on Silodale farm.

For more information about the book and author, please visit: www.talesfromthefarm.co.nz

The New Old Truck orders must be processed separately from the titles below.


 
Down Twelve Decades: A Pictorial History of Alma Michigan
by David McMacken and Louise Davenport

Retail Price: $8.00
112 pages; 28 cm.; opaque linen paperback binding
Over 250 illustrations & maps
Published in 1976 - still a bestseller

The photos are arranged by the following categories:
* The First Years * A Walk Downtown * Made in Alma * School Days * Townspeople * Just for Fun * In God We Trust * Health Care * Next Stop, Alma * Serving the Nation * Down the Pine * Joining and Belonging * Fire! * Looking Down *
 
Built on Pines: The Story of Ammi Willard Wright, Michigan Lumberman, Capitalist, and Philanthropist
by David McMacken

Retail price:  $20.000
210 pages; 28 cm.; gloss paperback binding
Over 50 illustrations & maps
Published in 2003

This book tells the story of one lumberman from Saginaw, who started with nothing yet became one of the prominent lumbermen of the state.  His name spread far beyond the Saginaw Valley.  As did many lumbermen, Wright branched out into other enterprises.  His business stretched into twelve states, and he puzzled his Saginaw friends by moving to the small central central Michigan town of Alma.  This is the story of the challenges and rewards, tragedies and triumphs experienced by this remarkable man.
 
Flash & Fizzle: The Rise and Fall of the Republic Motor Truck Company of Alma, Michigan
by David McMacken

Retail price:  $25.00
198 pages; 28 cm.; gloss paperback binding
Over 100 illustrations
Published in 2011

Almost any book on historical American trucks will mention the Republic Motor Truck Company of Alma, Michigan.  Few of the sources, however, reveal much information on the company that at one time was building every ninth truck sold in America and was acknowledged as the largest exclusive manufacturer of trucks in the world.  After the Great War, Republic Truck fell on hard times, and by 1932 it was defunct.  This is the story of its flash into the automotive world and the fizzle with which it sputtered out.
 
Taming the Wilderness: The Amazing Story of the Settlement of Gratiot County
by David McMacken

Retail price: $25.00
244 pages; 28 cm.; gloss paperback binding
10 maps
Published in 2012

This is the untold story of Gratiot's indomitable pioneers. The first twenty-five years of the settling of Gratiot County, Michigan, saw the area transformed from a wild, forested wilderness to a tamed landscape of woods, farmland, and villages. While this change may sound mundane, a more gripping story of pioneering life is unlikely to be found elsewhere in the State of Michigan. This book tells the stories of the Gratiot pioneers, the people whose hard work, perseverance, and ingenuity turned a forested wilderness into a thriving Michigan community.
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