The Story of Volkswagen Beetles

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In 1935, an engineer named Ferdinand Porsche designed a car that everybody could buy. It was called the Volkswagen, which means "people's car" in German. The design was quite unique. It was round and small and it's engine was in the rear. Because it looked like a bug it was called a beetle. When World War II started in 1939, the production of the Beetle ceased. Following the war the production started up again. It was first imported to the United States in 1949. My girlfriend, Joan Carpenter, was one of the first owners of the Volkswagen in Jersey City, NJ. We use to ride around town in her little gray Beetle and boy did we get the stares. When it was time for Joan to go to college, off she went with her Beetle like so many of the young people who went to college during the 1960's and 1970's. Over the years the VW became popular in the movies and as a racecar. Walt Disney produced a movie called "The Love Bug" which included a car named Herbie. Changes were made to the engine over time, but the basic shape stayed the same. The last Beetle was sold in the United States in 1980. However, around the world the Beetle lives on. In 1998, a new version of the Beetle was introduced. I wonder if Joan's children are riding around town in the new Beetle? This book is easy to read, has vibrant pictures and provides a concise history of the Volkswagen Beetle. This is part of the "Classic Cars" series of the Imagination Library. 2002, Garth Stevens Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
— Leila Toledo
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780836831948
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/1/2002
  • Series: Classic Cars
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 7.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

The Beetle Is Born 4
Beetles Everywhere 6
Fun with the Bug 8
Volkswagens on Parade 10
Herbie, the Love Bug 12
Better Beetles 14
The Beetle Lives On 16
Racing Beetles 18
A Brand New Beetle 20
More to Read and View 22
Places to Write and Visit 22
Web Sites 23
Glossary and Index 24
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2006

    Poor Kids Book

    This book is poor even for a childs book. At a rate of a dollar a page it is not worth the price paid. If it contained more pictures or a better written description of the history of VW Beetles then maybe. In my opinion it is not worth the price.

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