Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride

Nominated for a 2011-12 South Carolina Picture Book Award, Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride: America’s First Cross-Country Automobile Trip, written by Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff and illustrated by Wes Hargis, is a great story for teaching young students about the first cross-country auto trip.  The afterword at the end of the book is especially helpful in providing factual information from primary sources and suggestions for further reading.

Although this book is excellent, I hesitate to use it for a read-aloud.  The timeline nature of the book makes the text a little too choppy for an effective read-aloud.

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