A teeny biography of the life of Henry Ford, Let’s Drive, Henry Ford!, tells the life story of the famous mechanic in a basic, relatable manner.
Henry Ford was born in 1863 and was the first of five children to be born to his parents. As a young boy, Henry did lots of chores around his family’s farm – he fed the chickens, milked the cows, and chopped the kindling. But it was the jobs that demanded tools which were his favorite, and it was from his father that Henry first learned how to use those tools.
As he grew older, Henry’s interest in mechanics continued. He would often dissemble and reassemble watches, learning where all the springs and sprockets belonged. But it wasn’t until after Henry’s mother died that Henry saw his first steam-powered road machine. From that moment on, Henry began dreaming of creating his own machine to carry people on the road.
For the next ten years he experimented and studied, built and blew up things. Then he got married. It was over the next few years that Henry finally designed and built his own horseless carriage. After that he and his innovations were unstoppable. Since its beginning in 1903, Ford Motor Company has sold approximately nine hundred eighty-five million cars. All because a little boy dreamed.
It is claimed in the introduction that Henry didn’t like work and this is what caused him to invent work-saving methods. This may have been true, but it may also encourage children to be lazy.
Henry’s father isn’t enthusiastic about Henry’s forays into the realm of mechanics; he wants Henry to be a farmer. Even after Henry had married and designed several vehicles, his father still remained unsupportive. This will undoubtedly raise the question whether it was wrong of Henry to pursue something that was objectively good when his father was against it.
While studying trains, Henry and his friends disobey the engineer by hitching a free ride in one of his cars after he has told them not to.
Conclusion. A good tool to introduce children to one of America’s most famous innovators, Let’s Drive, Henry Ford!, though short, will be a good use of time for beginning readers.
Review © 2013 Laura Verret