Huck’s Way Home
A Billings Farm & Museum Children’s Book
Huck’s Way Home is a beautifully illustrated children’s book by acclaimed author Kristina Rodanas. Discover the heart-warming story of a lost young steer trying to find his way home, and the adventures he has along the way. Inspired by a true story, Huck’s Way Home describes the incredible journey of Huck, a week-old American Milking Devon steer, who got lost within minutes of his arrival at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont. Illustrated with stunning images and colors of the Vermont landscape, Huck’s story of bravery and determination will inspire all ages.
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“Huck’s Way Home is a picture book for everyone who loves animals. Kristina Rodanas’s luminous art and gentle, compelling prose glow with compassion. Little Huck’s determination will inspire both children and adults not only to be courageous, but also to learn from the wisdom of animals, and trust in the kindness of our beautiful world–a world more generous and gentle thanks to places like Billings Farm and Museum, where Huck really lives today!”
-Sy Montgomery, nationally-bestselling author of 21 books for adults and children including The Soul of an Octopus, The Good Good Pig, and How to Be A Good Creature
“A thoroughly engaging animal tale that delivers a message of self-reliance with visual and narrative warmth. … Pairing her expressive text with beautifully rendered, realistic, double-spread and single-page illustrations in pencil and watercolor, [Rodanas] brings to life green Vermont landscapes, sunny and starry skies, and farm and forest creatures.”
“Huck has the Vermont spirit. This beautifully written and illustrated book should be in every school library for all to read and enjoy. Thank you Billings Farm for Huck and this story of Hope.”
-Anson Tebbetts, Vermont Secretary of Agriculture Food & Markets
“Huck’s Way Home is an endearing story that captures the serenity of Vermont’s rural landscape. Its beautiful art brings the characters and events to life, and it encourages us all to remember our agricultural heritage and to think about how the lives of animals play out alongside our own.”
-Dan French, Vermont Secretary of Education
Huck pictured here with Billings Farm teamster, Amy Deome, is an American Milking Devon steer, and the newest arrival to the Billings Farm draft animal team. Historically prized as draft animals, Devons have played an integral part in Vermont’s rural heritage, helping to build much of the state’s original infrastructure and earning them a place on the official flag. Unfortunately, the breed is now considered critically endangered by the Livestock Conservancy, with only 500 or so in the United States. In temperament, Devons are known to be friendly and eager to please and are regarded as one of the smartest breeds of cattle.
About The Author
Kristina Rodanas has written and illustrated more than twenty-five books for children including Dragonfly’s Tale, Dance of the Sacred Circle, and The Blind Hunter. Her work has been described as “lyrical,” “vibrating with color,” and “dancing with life.” While writing and illustrating Huck’s Way Home, Kristina immersed herself in her subject, often visiting with Huck and his brother, Finn, at their home at Billings Farm & Museum. Formerly of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Kristina Rodanas now resides in Woodstock, VT.