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Driven: A Photobiography of Henry Ford

By: Don Mitchell

Henry Ford had seen horse-drawn steam engines, but when in 1876, at the age of twelve, he saw one with "a chain that made a connection between the engine and the rear wheels of the wagon-like frame," he became obsessed with "'making a machine that would travel the roads' under its own power. Henry Ford would not invent the automobile, but more than any other single individual, he would make it affordable for people from all walks of life." Chronology. Quote sources. Resources. Index. Black-and-white photographs and ephemera from Ford's life.

ISBN: 9781426301568

JLG Release: Jul 2010


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism
Topics: Henry Ford (1863-1947) , Automobile industry and trade , Industrialists , Ford Motor Company , Model T , Mass production

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Awards & Honors

Children's Book Committee Bank Street College of Education Children's Choices - Best Books of 2011, Special Interests, Biography

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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Mitchell's brief, engaging text appraises its subject, placing him in the context of his times. Ford's contradictions make him even more fascinating; e.g., he hired disabled and minority workers but was fiercely anti-Semitic. Although this type of complexity begs for an extended treatment, Mitchell's succinct introduction successfully whets readers Mitchell's brief, engaging text appraises its subject, placing him in the context of his times. Ford's contradictions make him even more fascinating; e.g., he hired disabled and minority workers but was fiercely anti-Semitic. Although this type of complexity begs for an extended treatment, Mitchell's succinct introduction successfully whets readers' appetites. The book's inviting design features an array of photographs, captions, and quotes. Reading list, timeline, websites. Ind.

Junior Library Guild


• Don Mitchell presents a balanced, complete portrait of Henry Ford’s life, noting unflattering aspects alongside his accomplishments and successes.
• Well-integrated quotes and period photographs make the story come alive.
• Interesting details, such as Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, driving a Model A Runabout when he was ten ye

• Don Mitchell presents a balanced, complete portrait of Henry Ford’s life, noting unflattering aspects alongside his accomplishments and successes.
• Well-integrated quotes and period photographs make the story come alive.
• Interesting details, such as Henry Ford’s son, Edsel, driving a Model A Runabout when he was ten years old, keep the story moving.
• Mitchell carefully explains the significance of the Model T by giving examples of how the affordable automobile changed the daily lives of the working class.

Book Details

ISBN

9781426301568

First Release

July 2010

Genre

Biography.

Dewey Classification

338.7/6292092 B

Trim Size

9 1/8" x 10 7/8"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 8.6; Points: 2;

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1210L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

National Geographic

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination: Racial Insensitivity/Racism

Topics

Henry Ford (1863-1947), Automobile industry and trade, Industrialists, Ford Motor Company, Model T, Mass production,

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