The Inventor’s Secret

What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford

Written by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

As Henry Ford looked at Thomas Edison, he experienced awe, frustration, and inspiration. Edison had consistent success with his inventions with electricity. Henry Ford had nothing but disappointment with his inventions with motors. Ford decided to meet with Edison in person to found out Edison’s secret. The secret? “Keep at it!” This was the beginning of a lifelong friendship – they even became next-door neighbors.

I especially loved the author’s notes about their friendship, the author’s and illustrator’s inspirations for the book, details about Edison’s and Ford’s inventions, and a time line of the two inventors’ lives and inventions.

The book was inspirational and informative. In a world of quick answers and fixes with little effort, this book is a treasure to inspire us to hunker down and find real solutions.

Review by Kay Thomas, Eastwood Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 3-6

The Inventor’s Secret: What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
Written by Suzanne Slade, Illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
Charlesbridge
48 pages
Release Date: September 8, 2015

3 total comments on this postSubmit yours
  1. Thanks for your review.

  2. I love these type of books that are concise, and give insight into amazing people and their contributions to our world. Thanks for your review, Kay!

  3. This would be good for my Historical fiction readers!

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