Introducing Engine Number Ten

Engine Number Ten, by Rose Ann Woolpert, will delight young readers on many levels. It is a tale of steam engines, rock mining and California history, but is also a testament to the power of hard work and belief in the possible. A Yes We Will Book. 32 pp.


One hundred years ago men and mules did the back breaking labor of quarrying rock to build new roads and towns. Steam locomotives and shovels came to help, but they wore out and were replaced. When the last quarry steam locomotive helped to save a new diesel engine trapped in a rock slide, she was spared from the scrap heap. Years later, the boy who witnessed her willing spirit became the man who restored her and helped her find new and meaningful work at the train museum in Sacramento.

Engine Number Ten is a tale of steam engines, construction and California history, but is also a testament to the power of hard work and belief in the possible. Based on the true story of Granite Rock Company ttand its A.R. Wilson Quarry in Aromas, California, it is illustrated with beautiful archival photos and original drawings. A fascinating historical account, this beautiful teaching story tells of willingness, tenacity and compassion for others.

About the Author

Rose Ann Woolpert is a writer, artist, historian and mom with a positive message for kids. She has spent over twenty-five years collecting the stories and family photographs of Granite Rock Company, which was founded in 1900 and is deeply rooted in the history of Northern California. Rose Ann shares these charming stories in picture book format with a new series of "Yes We Will Books."

About the Illustrator

Small but mighty, Jaguar Design Studio has evolved from a boutique design studio into an environmental and digital design powerhouse. Operating from the "jungle" in the little town of Aptos, just outside of Santa Cruz, Jaguar Design Studio can design and create anything from small print assets to websites and event assets. "Anything the client can dream up, we can achieve."

Press Check at Alamaden Press

January 16, 2013

The Books are Here

February 8, 2013

Book Signing at Crossroads Books in Watsonville, CA

March 16, 2013