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

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

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Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff, Wes Hargis

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 ½ 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780822578857
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Series: Millbrook Picture Bks
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.70(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: AD810L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 9 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff is the author of The ABCs of Writing for Children, a Writer's Digest Featured Book Club Selection, Curtain Call, and a number of children's books including John Muir and Stickeen. She is Byline Magazine's Writing for Children columnist and has taught educators through California State University Hayward's East Bay Extension and UC Santa Cruz. A former elementary and middle school teacher, she currently chairs a San Francisco Bay Area Middle School Writing Contest. After attending the University of Arizona, Wes was syndicated as a cartoonist through King Features. He now has a steady clientele for freelance illustrations and covers with newspapers and other clients across the West. This is his first picture book.

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