Henry Ford for Kids provides an in-depth portrait of the man who “put America on wheels.” You’ll learn about Ford’s childhood on a Michigan farm, where the budding engineer loved to take apart and reassamble everything from toys to watches to machinery; about his revolutionary labor ideas, including paying higher wages and hiring women and the disabled at a time when many companies would not; about his fervent opposition to war and the lasting impact of his widespread philanthropy. But you’ll also learn that this automotive giant was a flawed individual whose controversial views and heavy-handed management style alienated many, yet whose engineering genius and impact on the world are undeniable.Packed with historic photos and illuminating sidebars, the book brings the turn of the 20th century to life. Twenty-one hands-on activities encourage young innovators to apply engineering and production ideas and learn more about the era. Kids will build a lemon-powered battery; form an assembly line; learn to “read” simple industrial drawings; design an automobile dashboard; learn to dance the waltz; and much more.
“Though biographies of Ford are as mass-produced as, well, Fords, this one will leave readers with a particularly strong impression of how complex, even enigmatic, a man he was.” —Kirkus Reviews
“This straightforward, even-handed biography of Henry Ford balances a description of his extraordinary success as an automobile maker with the darker aspects of his personal and professional life.” —School Library Journal
“This entry in the broad-ranging For Kids series does an impressive job of offering a multidimensional perspective on a giant of industry. —Booklist
“[Henry Ford for Kids] provides a comprehensive and accessible overview of the subject matter, adds fun and informative activities, and treats history as it should be treated: without misleading filters that glamorize and/or obfuscate the truth.” —Rhapsody in Books
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