Henry Ford and the Model T

Henry Ford and the Model T

by Michael O'Hearn, Phil Miller, Keith Wilson
     
 

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Henry Ford and the Model T tells the story of the creation of an automobile that changed more than just the face of transportation in America. In dramatic, graphic novel format, this book shows how Henry Ford wanted to make cars affordable and useful to average people, not just the rich. Readers will also learn about the changes in working conditions that allowed for…  See more details below

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Henry Ford and the Model T tells the story of the creation of an automobile that changed more than just the face of transportation in America. In dramatic, graphic novel format, this book shows how Henry Ford wanted to make cars affordable and useful to average people, not just the rich. Readers will also learn about the changes in working conditions that allowed for faster production and even better pay for workers. The Model T changed not just travel, but a way of life.

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
Author O'Hearn has written an interesting thirty-two page picture book in cartoon format about Henry Ford and his invention of the Model T. Ford's story is told mainly through dialogue and crisp, life-like illustrations that will capture the interest of young readers. In four chapters, the author has summarized the main points of the development of Ford's Model T. The first chapter deals with Ford's idea to build a car that would be affordable for the masses, and he and his team developed a number of models before he decided on a final one. Chapters two and three talk about how the Model T was marketed to the public, and how 15 model cars were sold by 1927. Next O'Hearn describes the impact the Model T had on America. It created a middle class. Many factory workers could now own a car because it was less expensive than an electric car. More information about Ford and his car is listed at the back of the book. For example, the Model T was often thought of as part of the family. Ford built his first car, called the quadricycle, in a shed behind his Detroit home, but when he tried to drive it out, the car was too wide to get out of the door. Ford had to break down one of the brick walls. A glossary, internet sites, further reading and a bibliography are also included. Readers will quickly read through this book helped along by the graphics.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736864800
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Military Vehicles Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile:
GN630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael O'Hearn published his first book in 2007, a graphic novel following the story of Henry Ford as he built the Model T automobile. He has since published many other books and continues to write both nonfiction and fiction. Michael lives in Connecticut with his wife, Karen, his daughter, Kendal, and her stuffed kitty, Meowy. When he's not busy writing, he likes to write and record songs, work on cars, trim bonsai trees, and read.

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