By Allan Drummond
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), Hardcover, 9780374320003, 32pp.
Publication Date: May 27, 2008
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“Happy Birthday, Tin Lizzie! Let’s go!” shouts Grandpa as his one-hundred-year-old car explodes into life. The children jump aboard the vintage Model T Ford that they have helped him to restore, and a celebration road trip begins. “You gotta have wheels!” Grandpa cries. But as traffic jams build, the children begin to ask serious questions about cars and the problems that have developed: overcrowded roads, pollution, and oil-dependency.
Animated illustrations and jaunty prose combine history and a thought-provoking look at the motor-obsessed world of today. Endpapers depict the evolution of cars from the late nineteenth century to the present, and the book concludes with a brief pictorial biography of Henry Ford, followed by a spread of images illustrating problems and possible solutions.
"Bolstered by teeming galleries of cars old and new, Drummond both pays tribute to Henry Ford's Model T (a century old this year) and issues a challenge to readers. . . . Drummond fills even the endpapers with small, lively ink-and-watercolor sketches, depicting at the beginning, a swift history of the automobile.'" —Starred, Kirkus Reviews
“It’s a picture book that marks the 100th anniversary this year of the Model T Ford while also raising modern-day environmental questions.” —USA TODAY "Wonderful line drawings illustrate this tale, which is both a good story and an intriguing real-life puzzle . . . . Highly recommended." —Young Adult (and Kids) Book Central "Drummond makes the current crisis understandable to young children and provides a jumping-off point for many important discussions." —Horn Book "Drummond presents a lively, child-friendly cost-benefit analysis of the automobile with a book commemorating the 100th birthday of Henry Ford's Model T." —Publishers Weekly "This book makes a useful introduction for environmental units, as well as fun browsing fare for young car enthusiasts." —School Library Journal "The color-washed ink drawings are charming, the book is well designed, and the text is thought-provoking." —Booklist
“Mr. Drummond does a nice job introducing the history of the automobile and tying it into the present day issues we face. This book should lead to some great conversations in the classroom.”—Kid Lit Kit, a blog on Scholastic.com