by Jack Johnston
(the following is an excerpt from a review that appeared in Wine East and is reprinted with their permission)
A VINEYARD BOOK FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS
Many of our readers know the author, Jack Johnston, who with his wife Emily are the owners of Copernica Vineyards in Westminster, Maryland. This is a children's book telling the story of a year in a small vineyard, a vineyard that is called Copernica Vineyards that also has a cat named Truman Capuddy and a dog Oliver. Neither Jack nor Emily is mentioned by name, but one hopes that the misadventures befalling the grower in the book never happened to Jack.
The book starts by introducing some of the equipment used in the vineyard. After the vineyard is planted there are episodes involving spraying, encounters with birds and wildlife, harvesting and pruning. The misadventures occur when, for example, the grower drills the post-holes too deep, gets tangled up in netting, or winds up spraying himself on a windy day.