by Claudia Friddell;
Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Calkins Creek. An Imprint of Astra Books for Young Readers. 2022.
Four friends, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs decide to take a road trip, a trip wandering through the Appalachians and the Alleghenies in 1918. A true story, Friddell captures the friendship and excitement of these four very successful men who took time out of their busy lives to relax and have fun.
All four men knew the importance of teamwork, and so together they had a marvelous time hiking, camping, playing games, and just hanging out. They liked it so much, that they continued their summer journeys for several years.
The author includes an afterword with more details about each individual and details about how the idea of road trips would become popular, a selected bibliography, and related children's books on these four men.
The full-page illustrations were created using cut paper, watercolor, and pastels. The individual pieces of cut paper were hand-rendered, glued, and assembled into the final illustrations.
Share this very engaging nonfiction picture book with fans of Edison, Ford, Firestone, and Burroughs. Or anyone who craves adventure.