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Henry Ford: Putting the World on Wheels (Time for Kids Biographies) [Paperback]

Dina El Nabli , Time for Kids Magazine
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  • Paperback: 44 pages
  • Publisher: Collins Publishers (May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060576308
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060576301
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 15.3 x 0.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 218,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Language:Chinese.Paperback. Pub Date: 2008-4-10 Pages: 44 Publisher:. HarperCollins As a young boy. Henry Ford was fascinated by technology andhow objects worked His childhood interests led him to leave theFord family farm in Michigan in search of a career with machinery . and the rest is automotive and economic history. TIME For Kids Biographies help make a connection between thelives of past heroes and the events of today. Henry Ford made carsaffordable. turning them into the primary means of travel forAmericans. His innovations. including the assembly line. are stillbenefiting us today Contents:. CHAPTER 1CHAPTER 2CHAPTER 3CHAPTER 4CHAPTER 5CHAPTER 6CHAPTER 7CHAPTER 8INTERVIEWTIME LINE

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This is one in a series of inexpensive but superbly produced biographies created for younger readers (ages 7-9) that enable them to gain a much better understanding and appreciation of key figures throughout U.S. history, most of whom also had significant impact worldwide. That is certainly true of Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 - April 7, 1947) whose "light, low-priced car with an up-to-date engine of ample horsepower, and built of the very best material [would eventually] put the world on wheels." Moreover, the Ford Motor Company shocked the business world when it announced (on January 5, 1914) that it would increase the wage of its workers to five dollars a day (almost twice what his and other auto companies had been paying) while reducing the work day from nine hours to eight. According to Ford, "The five dollar day was the greatest cost-cutting move I ever made" as company doubled its profits from $30-million in 1914 to $60-million two years later.

How important is Henry Ford? It is difficult to think of another business leader who had a greater impact on his nation's economy, indeed on the societies and economies of other nations throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, and Asia in which the dream of possessing an affordable automobile became a reality. Young people need to understand how Ford helped to develop "a car for everyone," the subject of Chapter 5. They also need to understand how Ford's contributions helped to create "a new middle class," the subject of Chapter 6. These and other subjects (e.g. the development of an interstate highway system as well as the transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy and the consequent population shifts that substantially increased the population of metropolitan areas) are all worthy of additional study.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest industrialists in modern business history 5 Dec 2008
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This is one in a series of inexpensive but superbly produced biographies created for younger readers (ages 7-9) that enable them to gain a much better understanding and appreciation of key figures throughout U.S. history, most of whom also had significant impact worldwide. That is certainly true of Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 - April 7, 1947) whose "light, low-priced car with an up-to-date engine of ample horsepower, and built of the very best material [would eventually] put the world on wheels." Moreover, the Ford Motor Company shocked the business world when it announced (on January 5, 1914) that it would increase the wage of its workers to five dollars a day (almost twice what his and other auto companies had been paying) while reducing the work day from nine hours to eight. According to Ford, "The five dollar day was the greatest cost-cutting move I ever made" as company doubled its profits from $30-million in 1914 to $60-million two years later.

How important is Henry Ford? It is difficult to think of another business leader who had a greater impact on his nation's economy, indeed on the societies and economies of other nations throughout the Americas, the UK, Europe, and Asia in which the dream of possessing an affordable automobile became a reality. Young people need to understand how Ford helped to develop "a car for everyone," the subject of Chapter 5. They also need to understand how Ford's contributions helped to create "a new middle class," the subject of Chapter 6. These and other subjects (e.g. the development of an interstate highway system as well as the transition from an agricultural economy to an industrial economy and the consequent population shifts that substantially increased the population of metropolitan areas) are all worthy of additional study. Henry Ford was directly or at least indirectly involved in most of the major changes in "the American way of life" during the first half of the 20th century. He once observed, "Whether you think you can or think you can't, you're right." Early in his life, he had several bold ambitions and was convinced that he could achieve all of them. More often than not, he was right.

As is true of the other volumes in this series, this mini-biography is based on rock-solid historical material and includes a number of archival photos to supplement the lively narrative created by the Time editors in collaboration with Dina El Nabli. I feel obligated to add, that this is not a book written for younger "dummies" or "idiots." It ought to be in all school and public libraries and would also be an excellent birthday or holiday gift for children, one that parents, grandparents, and other relatives should consider.

Those who wish to learn more about Henry Ford are urged to check out his autobiography, My Life and Work, Steven Watts's The People's Tycoon: Henry Ford and the American Century, The Fords: An American Epic co-authored by Peter Collier and David Horowitz, and Douglas G. Brinkley's Wheels for the World: Henry Ford, His Company, and a Century of Progress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Biography 3 July 2010
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I am very impressed with the "Time For Kids" series. I like how they bring biographical and non-fiction information to young children at a level that is appropriate for them to understand. The photos are great and they cover a wide variety of topics. I bought quite a number of them for my classroom.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time for Kids 10 Sep 2010
By Adrienne E. Sanderson - Published on Amazon.com
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Time for Kids: Henry Ford chronicles the life and times of the man who changed the world forever through his dedication and love of the automobile. Written with the elementary student in mind.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific little biography 5 Jun 2014
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My seven year old read this for our homeschooling curriculum this year in order to add some nonfiction into his reading time. He thoroughly enjoyed this book and learning about Henry Ford. My son wants to be a mechanical engineer when he grows up so this book was a big hit for him. He loved all of the pictures and the book was well laid out for his interest level. He read other biographies on Christopher Columbus and Walt Disney from other publishers but he liked this version of biography much better due to the color pictures and layout of the book. It was easy for him to read but still informative and on grade level for him. I would definitely recommend this little book. Happy reading!!
5.0 out of 5 stars We really liked this book 27 Oct 2013
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Our son is interested in inventing so I ordered this book in addition to some other Time books for kids. We've been reading it together as a family and all of us have enjoyed it. This books set up is a little different than the others which we didn't like as much, but, otherwise it was great and an enjoyable way to learn.
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