Holly Dufek

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Published by Octane Press
Written by Holly Dufek
Illustrated by Paul E. Nunn
Ages 4-8
32 pages
9×9-inch hardcover
$14.99 each

Holly Dufek (Kenosha, WI)

Casey & Friends series


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  • Has spent nearly 15 years writing and working with educational curriculum for publishers
  • Developed content to enrich the National Common Core Standards for elementary through high school classrooms
  • Holds a master’s degree in Education
  • With Casey & Friends books, helps kids understand that modern farming involves science, technology and a lot of hard work from many people


A new series brings children interested in farming and farm equipment an educational and entertaining look at how tractors, combines and tillage equipment operate together on the farm.
Published by Octane Press, an independent publisher known for award-winning tractor books, the Casey & Friends series uses photographs of CASE IH equipment in real farming situations with cartoon characters to explain how modern farm equipment works in a factual and fun way. Holly Dufek, a seasoned educator and national curriculum writer, joins Paul Nunn, Licensed Artist for Disney and Lucas Film, to help kids make the connection with the farm equipment they see in the countryside and the food on their table.

Readers follow Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters who teach important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team. Each title is licensed by CASE IH and highlights a different aspect of farm equipment and technology with educational sidebars, picture glossaries and fun farming facts for added learning possibilities.

A Year on the Farm (Jan. 2015) introduces children to the world of modern farming by teaching them about the different jobs a farmer does each season.

Big Tractors (Apr. 2015) shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm.

Combines (June 2015) explains the step-by-step processes used to harvest crops by the most complex machines on the farm.

Planters & Cultivators (Sept. 2015) features the specialized farm equipment used to cultivate, plant and spray crops.
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