Snowmobile: Bombardier's Dream Machine

By: Jules Older

Illustrator: Michael Lauritano

In 1934, a personal tragedy made Joseph-Armand Bombardier all the more determined to successfully invent something he’d always wanted—a way to drive over snow. Author’s note. Time line. Resources. Glossary of French words. Index. Black-and-white illustrations and photographs.

ISBN: 9781580893343

JLG Release: Mar 2012


Sensitive Areas: Death of a child,
Topics: Snowmobiles , Early twentieth-century Quebec , Inventions , Transportation , Determination

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Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a gifted mechanic and inventor who received his first patent in 1937. Beginning with the dire situation of a sick child, snow, and no way to get to the doctor, Older introduces the man who invented the snowmobile. Bombardier’s childhood and early days as a student mechanic in Montreal and his many attempts to find Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a gifted mechanic and inventor who received his first patent in 1937. Beginning with the dire situation of a sick child, snow, and no way to get to the doctor, Older introduces the man who invented the snowmobile. Bombardier’s childhood and early days as a student mechanic in Montreal and his many attempts to find the right way to travel on snow are presented in short, clear chapters. Full-page ink and pencil illustrations appear throughout. An author’s note clarifies aspects of the book that are fact and those that are fiction, such as the dialogue. This biography-cum-adventure-story will appeal to reluctant readers.—Denise Moore, O’ Gorman Junior High School, Sioux Falls, SD

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  • An absorbing narrative that covers a unique topic. The dramatic opening chapter immediately immerses readers in Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s life.
  • Jules Older clearly portrays Bombardier’s lifelong interest in mechanics and invention with lively anecdotes. Bombardier built a miniature cannon at age fourteen that expl
    • An absorbing narrative that covers a unique topic. The dramatic opening chapter immediately immerses readers in Joseph-Armand Bombardier’s life.
    • Jules Older clearly portrays Bombardier’s lifelong interest in mechanics and invention with lively anecdotes. Bombardier built a miniature cannon at age fourteen that exploded “With a bang that rocked the town.” A year later, he created his first snow vehicle: “In a word it was dangerous.” And at age seventeen, he worked on a car that had stymied big-city mechanics: “They’d all tried; they’d all given up. The car’s next stop was the junkyard”—until Bombardier got his hands on it.
    • While today’s readers likely know the snowmobile only as a recreational vehicle, they will come to appreciate the importance of Bombardier’s invention: “He designed it to carry doctors to patients, priests to parishioners, children to school. . . . He built them not only to improve the quality of rural life but also to save the lives of people in snowbound communities—and that’s just what those early snowmobiles did.”
    • Michael Lauritano’s spare illustrations effectively evoke the period. Photographs of various snowmobiles (past and present) and a 1937 patent-application drawing add further visual appeal.
    • Bombardier’s single-minded determination and perseverance through hardship and failure is inspiring; his story may motivate children to pursue their own interests through life’s ups and downs.

Book Details

ISBN

9781580893343

First Release

March 2012

Genre

Dewey Classification

796.94

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

64

Accelerated Reader

Level 4.2; Points: 1;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 4.3; Points: 4;

Lexile

Level 700L

Format

Print Book

Edition

-

Publisher

Charlesbridge

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Death of a child,

Topics

Snowmobiles, Early twentieth-century Quebec, Inventions, Transportation, Determination,

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