In this nonfiction joyride, Bertha Benz and her sons drive across Germany in the world's first automobile! It's 1888 and Bertha Benz's husband, Karl, has invented the prototype Benz Motorwagen. But the German government declares the vehicle illegal, and the church calls it the devil's work. Unbeknownst to her husband, Bertha steals away with her two sons and drives nearly one hundred miles to prove just how amazing the motorwagen is. Bertha's mechanical savvy gets the boys to Grandma's house safely, and the remarkable mother/son road trip reduces global concern about moving vehicles.
This fun and whimsical telling of a real story celebrates a daring woman whose drive helped kickstart the world of transportation that we know today, as well as the ingenious solutions that she came with on the fly (or drive) as she motored her way to automotive history.
"Faced with bumpy roads, mechanical problems, and skeptics, Bertha and the boys will have to do some ingenious thinking in order to pull the stunt off. Adkin's narrative is engaging and complimented by the richly detailed illustrations.... [A]n intriguing story for readers interested in the history of cars or joyful true-life escapades." — Emily Beasley, School Library Journal
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|Oct 3, 2017