This is the third book in a five-book series. The first two books introduce Ted and describe his leaving home and moving in with Grandpa and Grandma. The second book is about Ted becoming a musician and how his best friend, Woody, helped him with their street corner act. Ted's dog, Spot, starts to help them with their show by doing headstands and backflips for fun and profit. With hunger always at the door, Ted learns to check the trash cans in town for things people throw away. Grandpa teaches Ted to plow behind their mules, and he makes money plowing gardens for people in town. Plowing and entertainment have relieved the poverty at Grandpa's house, and in the third book, he buys an ice box so that Grandma can make Jell-O. Later, he buys a Model A roadster that comes with a trailer full of lawn-mowing equipment. With Ted's mowing equipment, he can fulfill one of his mother's wishes: mowing the family cemetery.
Donald Ball retired in 1995 after teaching math in junior high and high school for thirty-eight years. He was born in Cromwell, Oklahoma, a somewhat famous old oil field town. He grew up in oil field towns and graduated from Oklahoma State University and Pepperdine University in California. His writing career started with high school and college course work assignments, which were interrupted after graduation by a stint in the US Navy during the Korean War. Most of his navy career was spent on the East Coast and North Atlantic. He was the engineering officer on a destroyer escort radar picket ship. His lifetime interest and hobby has been sailing. He doesn't sail much now, but he still writes and enjoys telling stories of his sailing days. He lives with Elaine, his wife of sixty-one years, and is the proud parent of three children who are grown and have families of their own.