Author(s): Jennifer Somervell
Old Truck backfires (farts), 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 takes you into the colourful interaction between Old Truck and the children and also describes the American origin of the real Old Truck, a 1921 Model 10 Republic. Educational graphics and old photos show his heritage in a great line of Republics made in Alma, Michigan, USA; his long journey to New Zealand, and his remarkable rescue and restoration on Silodale farm. Today the 'new' Old Truck spends his time out and about at vintage machinery rallies in New Zealand and has been featured in The Truck Journal, in newspapers and on TV.
Jennifer attended Central Hawkes Bay College, then Lincoln University. Graduated B Hort Sci., Lincoln University and Diploma in Teaching (Secondary) Christchurch Teachers College. Taught horticulture for 8 years, then transitioned to teaching, learning skills and academic writing at Christchurch Polytechnic and then Lincoln University. In 1999 she and husband, Ken established a specialist mail order herb nursery which they ran for 18 years. Jennifer now tends a half-acre herb and vegetable garden in Oxford, Canterbury, where she lives with husband and teenage son, Tarn. Since 2003 she has written the herb column for New Zealand Lifestyle Block magazine (formerly Growing Today).