HONDA by Mark Weston


The Boy Who Dreamed of Cars
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Age Range: 7 - 12
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Soichiro Honda was, in his own way, the Henry Ford of Japan. He became fascinated by automobiles from his very first sight of a Model T. Determined to learn everything possible about cars, he began as a cleaner in a garage and eventually became an expert mechanic with his own business. Later he designed racecars and manufactured car parts and airplane propellers. After World War II, he developed small motorcycles and started the Honda Motor Company, constantly adding improvements and innovations to his products and then designing and manufacturing fuel-efficient automobiles. Weston presents Honda as a perfectionist, an innovator in his field and a model corporate leader, who encouraged his workers, listened to them and treated them well. However, with the exception of a list of retirement activities, Honda’s life beyond business is nowhere to be found. Yamasaki’s detailed and whimsical acrylics add zest to the proceedings. A worthwhile introduction to a neglected subject. (author’s sources, afterword) (Picture book/biography. 7-12)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-1-60060-246-7
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Lee & Low
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2008


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