We'll Race You, Henry

A Story about Henry Ford

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Henry Ford loved mechanical things: springs and gears, cogs and wheels, and things that clicked and ticked and turned. One hot summer day in 1876, Henry and his father were riding to Detroit in their farm wagon. Suddenly there was a huffing-puffing monster heading straight toward them. It was a road-roller, and it was lumbering down the road all by itself. That was the day Henry started thinking about horseless riding machines—and he never stopped. In We’ll Race You, Henry, young readers will discover the origins of one of the most popular cars of all time—the Model T—as well as the daring side of its inventor and the early days of automobile racing.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 1986
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 56
Publication Date 2012-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.8
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007000, JNF007090
Dewey 338.7'6292'0924
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 750
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 4378
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Kathy Haubrich

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →


  • NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, Winner, 1986


Appraisal: Science Books for Young People

“. . .an engaging story, giving a clear picture of the person as well as his work. . . with attractive black and white line drawings these stand out from the general run of biographies for children. . .”

School Library Journal

“Black-and-white illustrations complement and enhance the text. . .”
School Library Journal

Kirkus Reviews

“Black-and-white full-page drawings enliven the texts. . .”
Kirkus Reviews