New book portrays 1940s Michigan farm life

Recently, Michigan author Lou Hooker celebrated the nationwide release of his new book, “Puppies and Pet Crows,” a collection of farm stories filled with adventure, humor and history that will delight both children and adults.

The book introduces readers to 11-year-old Louie, his parents, and seven brothers and sisters, who raise some peculiar pets, work together to complete their chores, go sledding during snowy Michigan winters, and even turn their farm into a golf course using nothing but tin cans, tennis balls and tree branches. Louie also learns some hard lessons. But even through harsh winters and farm accidents, he and his family find out how special it is to live on a farm that provides everything they need.

The book offers a fascinating glimpse at farm life in Michigan during the 1940s. In a time long before video games, TV and shopping malls, one family discovers that all the entertainment they need is each other.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or This is also an eLIVE title, meaning each book contains a code redeemable for a free audio book version from

Hooker lives with his wife, Verla, near Fremont, Mich. They have three children and eight grandchildren. During the 31 years Hooker spent as a schoolteacher in Michigan, he jotted down ideas for stories about his childhood home, an 80-acre farm near Fremont. These ideas eventually became the stories in “Puppies and Pet Crows.”

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