John Deere, That's Who! (Hardcover)

By Tracy Nelson Maurer, Tim Zeltner (Illustrator)

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), 9781627791298, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 28, 2017

List Price: 18.99*
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Back in the 1830s, who was a young blacksmith from Vermont, about to make his mark on American history? John Deere, that’s who!

Who moved to Illinois, where farmers were struggling to plow through the thick, rich soil they called gumbo? Who tinkered and tweaked and tested until he invented a steel plow that sliced into the prairie easy as you please?

Long before the first tractor, who changed farming forever? John Deere, that’s who!

Beautiful illustrations—including spectacular landscapes—reflect the time period and bring John Deere's remarkable story to life.

About the Author

Tracy Nelson Maurer is the author of over a hundred books, including Samuel Morse, That's Who! and John Deere, That's Who! and many other nonfiction books for children. She lives near Minneapolis with her family, and loves to interact with readers on her frequent school and library visits.

Tim Zeltner’s award-winning artwork is largely inspired by the landscape of the Delaware Valley, where he grew up. His illustrations feature a unique combination of layered paint, glazes, and stains on wood. His favorite holiday is Halloween, and he lives in Toronto with his wife, Jackie, and dog, Jessie.

Praise For John Deere, That's Who!

A NSTA Best STEM Book of the Year
A NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People
A Bank Street Best Book of the Year
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Missourian Summer Reading Selection
Frances and Kermit Rudolf Nonfiction Scholarship Award Winner
Indiana Farm Bureau 2018 Book of the Year
Arizona Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee
2018 Wisconsin Agriculture in the Classroom Book of the Year

"The text is smoothly conversational and.... The illustrations are gorgeous." —Kirkus

"A solid selection to demonstrate the creative thinking and problem-solving skills needed for design or maker learning." —School Library Journal