Just Fine the Way They Are: From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates (Hardcover)

From Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates

By Connie Wooldridge, Richard Walz (Illustrator)

Calkins Creek Books, 9781590787106, 32pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2011



Change. Who needs it? We do Mr. John Slack, the keeper of a tavern beside a rutted dirt road in the early 1800s, thought things were just fine the way they were. So did Lucius Stockton, who ran the National Road Stage Company in the mid 1800s. So too, did the owners of the railroads when the first model T appeared in 1908. Yet with each new innovation, Americans were able to move around the country more quickly, efficiently, and comfortably. Connie Wooldridge offers an informative, yet light-hearted look at how the dirt roads of the early 1800s evolved into the present-day U.S. highway system. Richard Walz's gorgeous paintings capture both the broad sweep and the individual impact of change and progress.

About the Author

Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge is the author of four picture books and a biography for young adults. A former teacher and librarian, she has four grown children and lives with her husband in Richmond, Indiana. Richard Walz graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design. He has illustrated sixty-three books and has contributed to many others. He has often drawn licensed characters. Recently he's contributed several books to Random House's Step Into Reading series. Dick has always had an affection for railroads, so he enjoyed painting several trains for Just Fine the Way They Are.