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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 360L (What's this?)
  • Series: Step into Reading
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (March 23, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375815104
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375815102
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,976 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 1-2. Readers get a taste of history plus plenty of action in this lively entry in the Step into Reading series, which will have great appeal for boys. Color artwork, full of exaggeration, movement, and comical detail, catches the fun and excitement of Ford's history-making auto-race defeat of Alexander Winton, which brought in enough cash to allow Ford to start his famous company. The story has no chapter breaks to give newer readers a breather, but the type is large and well spaced, and the action is so involving, especially after the race starts, that kids won't want to stop reading until Ford crosses the finish line. A brief author's note fills in a bit more of the history. Stephanie Zvirin
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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It?s 1901 and Henry Ford wants to build a car that everyone can own. But first he needs the money to produce it. How will he get it? He enters a car race, of course! Readers will love this fast-paced, fact-based story!

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Fun book to read - my son enjoyed it!
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As a grandmother, I learned some historical facts about Henry Ford from this book.
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I'm 7 years old and I really enjoyed this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Z Hayes HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2010
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I must admit, my kindergartener and I are great fans of the Step Into Reading series of books. Since my daughter had completed the Step 2 books in the Step Into Reading series of books, I decided to go ahead and purchase the Step 3 books. I was a bit hesitant because I noticed there is quite a big leap between the Step 2 and Step 3 books, especially in terms of vocabulary and sentence structure. The vocabulary is more advanced with higher order words, and the sentences are longer. I was also concerned that my daughter might not like the topics which seemed to be more 'academic' with history-based stories. My worries were unfounded. She loves the books and is reading them with very little help from me (and I enjoy listening to the stories!)

These books are excellent for building children's reading skills as well as increasing their confidence in reading. Once you've completed the Step 1 and Step 2 books (I would advise proceeding level by level), the Step 3 books are not as daunting as they might first appear. In "Eat My Dust!", children are introduced to Henry Ford and learn about his contributions. The illustrations enhance the story and add a fun element which will appeal to young children.

I can't recommend these books highly enough - they are great for building reading skills, and also educational. This book is a great introduction to history, and I also came up with a series of short comprehension questions based on the story in this book so as to hone my daughter's comprehension skills (e.g. "What sort of vehicle did Henry Ford drive?", "What event did Henry Ford participate in?", etc. ). These books are not only great intermediate readers but might also inculcate in children a great love of history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ellicott City Mom on September 29, 2008
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My six-year-old asked about how cars were invented, and we purchased this "easy reader" as an introduction. My six-year-old and four-year-old sons like the story. At the conclusion of the (abbreviated and simplified) account of Henry Ford and the Model T, there is an historic photo of Henry Ford which is pretty neat.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn B. Gatliff on February 6, 2007
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Keeping interesting reading for a beginning reader is always a challenge. Henry Ford's First Race was a winner, especially with our six year old son. The cover is now curled from repeated reading.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Luke Kirschmann on February 7, 2011
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My son enjoys this series and I look forward to reading it with him. Mostly I'm writing for the reviewer that asked about the images in the Kindle version. The graphics throughout the story are cute. The picture of the historic race is grainey, which is to be expected.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Valter S. Prieto Jr. on January 17, 2014
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I'm Brazilian and bought this book for my son as his 1st english book. He is 8 years old and I read with him, helping and explaining the words and Henry's history.
Really good moments !
Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Megan, FL on December 11, 2013
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This book is good for children. It is easy to read and it is a good book. I like this book
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jennelle Greg on June 22, 2014
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this was a great educational book for the kids in my classroom. It's easy to read and gives true events from history. It was a lot of fun for them and they remembered all the information in the story and could easily recall answers to questions I asked from the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Suem on July 1, 2014
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That book was amazing, exciting and interesting. It was the best car in the world in the old days. Interesting historical information about the birth of the automobile industry. -will age 6.5
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