It's 1901 and Henry Ford wants to build a car that everyone can own. But first he needs the money to produce it. How will he get it? He enters a car race, of course! Readers will love this fast-paced, fact-based story!
About the illustrator
Richard Walz is the illustrator of many popular SiRs including Babe Ruth Saves Baseball and Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares.
Susan Hepler, Ph.D. - Children's Literature
Using as its base the true story of a race Henry Ford won in 1901, this book tells new readers about how Henry Ford realized his dream to build an automobile that common people could own. Up until then, only the very rich owned cars and most hired drivers because the cars needed constant repair. Ford needed money to start his famous assembly-line product, the Tin Lizzie, as it was later called. So he entered this ten mile race with his mechanic, Spider, who had to lean out on the curved race track to keep the car from turning over. When Ford won, he used his $1000 to start the Ford Motor Company. Short, mostly declarative sentences, arranged in short lines, advance the action while Walz's humorous illustrations reveal little mechanical detail, but mostly rely on exaggeration of movement and expression to keep readers interest. An afterword rewards readers with a bit of information and an old photograph which documents the truth of the story. A good effort that blends facts into an appealing package. 2004, Random House, Ages 6 to 9.
Series: Step Into Reading - Level 3 - Quality
For Ages: 5 - 8 years old
For Grades: 1 - 3
Number Of Pages: 48
Published: 23rd March 2004
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 14.6 x 0.4
Weight (kg): 0.105