Your new family car looks very different than the Model T developed by Henry Ford. Cars of today are much faster, safer, and more reliable than the Model T. Have you ever wondered how new cars are developed? The Innovation in Transportation series takes a look at the people and creative ideas that have changed the automotive industry.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 6
Dewey 629
Lexile
ATOS Reading Level 6.2
Guided Reading Level
Language English
Publisher Cherry Lake Press
Available Formats Reinforced book (9781602792319), Hosted ebook (9781602793804H)
Copyright 2009, 2009
Number of Pages 32, 32
Dimensions 7.5 x 9.5
Graphics

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This utilitarian series describes innovations in eight means of transportation as well as their current uses. Each volume features a concise history of its topic, covers current issues and developments and the future outlook, and includes brief biographies of significant people. Both genders and minorities are represented, and up-to-date concerns, such as fuel efficiency and pollution, are included. Most readable are the volumes by Franchino and Marsico; however, there is a formulaic quality to the writing, caused, for example, by repeated mentions of the value of teamwork. A couple of minor errors crop up, and Masters demonstrates an annoying habit of quoting Wilbur Wright’s thoughts. Good color photos generally contribute to the texts but have a tendency to be small, making it difficult to pick out the details they are meant to convey. Bold color choices in the page design sometimes cross the line into garish, as in green highlights on a purple background. Still, the series often provides a view of some compelling developments, such as high-speed rail, future trucks, and container ships, and it benefits from inherent interest in the topic.

Author: James M. Flammang

James M. Flammang is a journalist and the author of two dozen books. He writes about technology, business, and consumer issues. His specialties have ranged from cars to electronic gadgets to computers. Because of his interest in ideas that affect peopleā€˜s lives, and in the people who develop big ideas, Flammang enjoyed researching the lives of the two founders of Google. This is his third book for young readers. Flammang lives in Chicago, but travels extensively for both business and pleasure. His own Web site, Tirekicking Today, has been at www.tirekick.com since 1995.

Content Adviser: Edward Kolodziej

Director of Global Studies, University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois

  • Getting Behind the Wheel
  • Innovations in Technology and Equipment
  • Chapter Three Selling Cars
  • Chapter Four Automobiles in the Future
  • Chapter Five Some Famous Innovators
  • Glossary
  • For More Information
  • Index
  • About the Author