* "These innovations in transportation should inspire readers to go far." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Celebrating the invention of vehicles, this collective biography tells the inspiring stories of the visionaries who changed the way we move across air, water, and land. Perfect for fans of Mistakes that Worked and Girls Think of Everything.
In a time when people believed flying was impossible, Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier proved that the sky wasn’t the limit. When most thought horseback was the only way to race, Bertha and Karl Benz fired up their engines. From the invention of the bicycle and the passenger steam locomotive, to the first liquid-fuel propelled rocket and industrial robot, inventors across the world have redefined travel. Filled with informative sidebars and colorful illustrations, this collective biography tells the story of the experiments, failures, and successes of visionaries who changed the way the world moves.
About the Author
Vivian Kirkfield describes herself as a writer for children and a reader forever. A retired teacher with a masters in Early Childhood Education who taught kindergarten for many years, she is the author of several picture books. She lives in Amherst, NH where the old stone library is her favorite hangout. She loves to try new ways to move around the Earth and has so far been skydiving, parasailing, and banana-boat riding..
Gilbert Ford was born into a family of photographers. Instead of taking up the camera, he moved to New York to attend the prestigious Pratt Institute. His illustrations have appeared in books, magazines, newspapers, toys, billboards and advertisements.
A Junior Library Guild Selection
"These innovations in transportation should inspire readers to go far....Educators will also delight in the hefty amount of supplemental backmatter." —Kirkus
"Kirkfield has a knack for finding elements of human interest as well as historical significance in each account. The colorful, dynamic illustrations help readers visualize the times as well as the challenges faced by the inventors. While this may not be the most comprehensive introduction to transportation history, it’s surely one of the most enjoyable."—Booklist
"Each tidily crafted tale is flexible as a read-alone or -along, and the heavily illustrated volume also functions like a collection of stand-alone picture books. Kirkfield is relentlessly optimistic regarding invention as a force for good."—The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books