Jackson And Bud’s Bumpy Ride; America's First Cross-country Automobile Trip


Driving a car from San Francisco to New York is a tough trip even today, but in 1903 it was considered downright impossible. There were only 150 miles of paved roads in the whole United States. There were no maps, no repair shops, not even any gas stations. Dr. Horatio Jackson, his mechanic Crocker, and a bulldog named Bud piled themselves into a topless, windowless Winton automobile and set out to make history.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

This is a fun way to engage kids in learning history. The author provides information where kids can learn more if this piques their interest.

Content Awareness Factors:


Little Kid Reaction

I picked this book for my daughter because we have been talking about old cars. She enjoyed the story and kept saying how hard it must have been for them to travel like that. She said it made her thankful for her van with her DVD player! She laughed and said she would not want to travel that way. She thought it was great that someone else did, so she could read about it

Parent Reaction

I enjoyed reading about the first trip and didn’t realize all they had gone through to get across. I, too, was glad it wasn’t me doing the traveling. The informational pages at the end to help you better study the trip. I wasn’t sure she would like it as it was a historical or factual story. I was pleasantly surprised when she took to reading it to me and turning the pages herself to see what was going to happen

Type of Book:
This is the true story of how three men crossed the United States in a car in 1903.
Educational Themes:

There are lots of things you can extract from this book for social studies and history: transportation, cross-country travel, geography and early 20th century industry. You can also talk about exploration and entrepreneurship. Information pages in the back also help you expand the learning.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
6 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
5 to 8
Age of child:
Read with and by a 5-year-old girl.
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. This is an excellent nonfiction picture book for elementary school and public libraries. I would buy this for any child. It has an excellent story and historical information.

Title Jackson and Bud’s Bumpy Ride: America's First Cross-Country Automobile Trip
Author Elizabeth Koehler-Pentacoff
Publisher Millbrook Press © 2009
Illustrators Wes Hargis
ISBN 9780822578857
Material Hard Cover
Genres Transportation, History, Geography, 1900-1919
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