By Jerry Apps
Illustrated by Annika Beatty-Andserson
When the calf that his father promised him turns out to be a bull instead of a heifer, Jerry is disappointed, until a disaster on the farm teaches him an important lesson.
Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the author of more than twenty-five books, many of them on rural history and country life. Jerry's nonfiction books include "Every Farm Tells a Story," "Living a Country Year," "Ringlingville USA," and many others. erry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, about two miles from the land that is the subject of "Old Farm." He and his family have owned their farm, Roshara, since 1966, and he and his wife, Ruth, continue to live there part time. Once a small dairy farm, the property is now a tree farm with an ongoing prairie renovation.