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Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip

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  • Posted April 9, 2009

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    will tickle the imagination of a child

    In 1903, Dr. Horatio Jackson overhears a stranger say nobody can drive a car across the U.S. He bets the stranger $50 that he can drive cross-country, from San Francisco to New York. He buys a used Winton automobile, hires an auto mechanic named Crocker, and they're off! There is only about 150 miles of paved road in the U.S. at this time, so the journey is very hard. A man on the side of the road in Oregon sold Jackson his dog, Bud, a bulldog. Bud soon becomes their mascot, attracting crowds along the way since it is a strange sight indeed to see a bulldog sitting up front in an automobile wearing goggles to keep the dust out of his eyes! There aren't any gas stations, no real roads, and no road signs. Fuel for stoves and farm equipment can be purchased at general stores, so that's what Jackson does.

    You will just have to read this fun true story to learn all about the adventures Jackson, Crocker, and Bud have on the very first cross-country trip in the U.S. in an automobile!

    I give this book a high five for the awesome strong story that Author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff was able to write around a true story, and the really fun illustrations done by Wes Hargis. I really liked the end of the book where photos of the real Jackson, Crocker, and Bud were used, along with what happened to all of them after the completion of their epic auto journey. This is a great story to tickle the imagination of your child to think about how life was like before roads in this country.

    Gayle Jacobson-Huset
    Fiction & Poetry Editor - STORIES FOR CHILDREN MAGAZINE

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