Dr. Horatio Jackson wasn’t necessarily a betting man. But in 1903, he overheard a stranger saying that it was just not possible to drive across the United States in one of those unreliable, newfangled automobiles. Jackson disagreed - he believed in the future of the automobile. So he made a $50 bet with the man that he could drive a car from San Francisco to New York. Jackson bought a used Winton automobile, hired a mechanic named Crocker, packed some supplies, and adopted Bud, a bulldog who became their mascot. The trio’s only goal was to make it from San Francisco all the way to New York City in one piece. Yet 5,600 miles and 63 1/2 days later, what they actually did was make history. This true story is based on Jackson’s own account of the first automobile trip across the United States.
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Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride Book Trailer: Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
About the Author
Born in Wisconsin, Liz moved to California to attend college. She majored in children's theater and elementary education. After graduation she taught elementary and middle school and directed children's plays through a children's theater group. Liz taught teachers through CSU Hayward's East Bay Extension for ten years, as well as CUSC Extension. She presents assemblies and classroom workshops to all ages. Liz is chair of the California Writers Club Young Writers Contest, Mt. Diablo Branch, a county-wide contest and workshop program for middle school students.
Wes Hargis is an illustrator with sixteen years of experience working with clients such as King Features Syndicate, Lerner Publishing Group and HarperCollins. He lives with his lovely wife in Arizona.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Love this story! In 1903, Dr. Horatio Jackson made a bet that he could drive all the way across the United States in a horseless buggy in less than three months. Jackson hires a mechanic to go along on the ride with him and they set off.Remember what things were like then? No paved roads. No maps. No gas stations. Maximum speed of 30 mph. Not even a windshield to keep the bugs out of your mouth. The author chooses to zoom in on the events of several days during the sixty-three day trip. The pictures and the text are hilarious. Here¿s a sample:May 23 ¿ San Francisco, California¿Good-bye! Good luck! Be careful!¿ shouts Jackson¿s wife, Bertha, who will be returning to Vermont by train.¿Don¿t worry, my dear,¿ Jackson pats the car. ¿This trusty machine will get us there with no troubles at all!¿ (Picture shows the two men setting off in the tiny car.)(Turn the page and we see the two men standing next to the car. The wheel is off and the mechanic, Crocker, looks a little bewildered.) About fifteen miles later¿Bump, bump, bump, Ka-plooey! The pictures are a definite plus here.Love this book!
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