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Children's Books, For Young Readers (grades 3-7)

Casper Jaggi: Master Swiss Cheese Maker January, 2008

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Have you ever wondered why Swiss cheese has holes? You'll find out in this story about a Swiss cheese maker named Casper Jaggi.

Casper Jaggi was only 6 years old when his father taught him how to make cheese in the Swiss Alps. In 1913, Jaggi left Switzerland in search of new opportunities in the United States. Like many other Swiss, he settled in Green County, Wisconsin, where the rolling hills dotted with grazing cows reminded him of home. And soon, he'd be turning cow's milk into cheese, just as he did in Switzerland.

The book opens the doors to Jaggi's Brodhead Swiss Cheese Factory—the largest factory of its kind in Wisconsin in the 1950s. Archival photos help illustrate, step-by-step, the process Jaggi and his workers followed to transform 2,000 pounds of milk in a copper kettle into a 200-pound wheel of Swiss cheese.

Jaggi was one of the many European immigrants who helped establish Wisconsin's reputation for delicious cheese. The artisan cheese makers crafting award-winning cheeses today are continuing this rich tradition in America's Dairyland.


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Tents, Tigers and the Ringling Brothers (October 2006)

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For young readers, this is the story of the young Ringling Brothers of circus fame. The books tells the inspiring story of the seven sons of German and French immigrants who were guided by their dreams to escape poverty through hard work and ambition


Eat Rutabagas (May, 2002)

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Eat Rutabagas is the story of a father's dream to produce the best rutabagas anyone has ever eaten. Jerry's dad knows that no one can resist the delicious taste of breaking ground rutabagas. Follow Jerry and his dad as they plant, harvest and sell the cream of the rutabaga crop.  Illustrated by Annika Beatty-Andersen

Stormy (May, 2002)

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Stormy is the story of a boy and his calf as they grow up together and teach each other the lessons of life. Jerry looked forward to the day when he would have his very own calf. Finally, the day comes, and things don't turn out quite as Jerry had planned. Experience the love and the pain that a boy goes through as he raises his calf.  Illustrated by Annika Beatty-Andersen


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