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Full of Beans
Henry Ford Grows a Car
By (author): Peggy Thomas Illustrated by: Edwin Fotheringham
9781629796390 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 7 - 10, Grade (US) from 2 - 5 JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Science & Technology Oct 15, 2019
$24.99 CAD
Active 9.38 x 10.31 x 0.4 in 48 pages FULL-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THROU Boyd Mills Press Calkins Creek
A NSTA/CBC Best STEM Book

Famous car-maker and businessman Henry Ford loved beans. And he showed great innovation with his determination to build his most inventive car—one completely made of soybeans.


With a mind for ingenuity, Henry Ford looked to improve life for others. After the Great Depression struck, Ford especially wanted to support ailing farmers. For two years, Ford and his team researched ways to use farmers’ crops in his Ford Motor Company. They discovered that the soybean was the perfect answer. Soon, Ford’s cars contained many soybean plastic parts, and Ford incorporated soybeans into every part of his life. He ate soybeans, he wore clothes made of soybean fabric, and he wanted to drive soybeans, too. Award-winning author Peggy Thomas and illustrator Edwin Fotheringham explore this American icon’s little-known quest.

Story Locale: The book is set in Dearborn, MI.

A UNIQUE LOOK AT HENRY FORD: There are no children’s books on Ford’s use of soybeans in his automobiles and his everyday life, and readers will enjoy learning about this side of Ford that has not been covered in other children’s biographies.

THIS IS AN IDEAL STEM TITLE for students that covers Ford’s experimental approach to soybeans and quest to help soybean farmers.

PERFECT AGRICULTURE IN THE CLASSROOM BOOK: The book shows how Ford embraced agriculture and found ways to use natural resources in his automobiles.

ACCLAIMED AUTHOR AND ILLUSTRATOR DUO: Peggy Thomas is beloved in the Ag in the Classroom community, and is known for her award-winning picture book biographies, including Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation and Farmer George Plants a Nation. Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated many picture book biographies including Blue Grass Boy, about Bill Monroe, and A Home for Mr. Emerson, about Ralph Waldo Emerson.

EXTENSIVE BACK MATTER: The book includes further information on Henry Ford’s work with soybeans, a list of the many products that contain soybeans, soybean recipes, a timeline, further reading, a bibliography, and source notes as well as archival images.

CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: The book includes references to the Great Depression, farming, experimentation, innovation, the Ford Motor Company, World War II, etc.

Peggy Thomas is the author of multiple picture books, including award-winning Calkins Creek titles Thomas Jefferson Grows a Nation, Farmer George Plants a Nation, and For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson. She is also the co-author of Anatomy of Nonfiction, the only writing guide for children’s nonfiction.

Edwin Fotheringham is the illustrator of many picture book biographies, including Blue Grass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music; A Home for Mr. Emerson; and Those Rebels, John & Tom. He is also the illustrator of the Tony Baloney series by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Visit edfotheringham.com.

Author Residence: Middleport, NY

Edwin Fotheringham is the illustrator of many picture book biographies, including Blue Grass Boy: The Story of Bill Monroe, Father of Bluegrass Music; A Home for Mr. Emerson; and Those Rebels, John & Tom. He is also the illustrator of the Tony Baloney series by Pam Muñoz Ryan. Visit edfotheringham.com.

Illustrator Residence: Seattle, WA

Marketing: Advertising

Institutional advertising—review based

Wholesaler co-op advertising

Conferences

Feature title at key educational and library conferences

Promotion

Author and illustrator Q&A/feature on boydsmillspress.com

Pitch author/illustrator to local events and regional book festivals

Pitch to National Agriculture in the Classroom

Pitch to the Henry Ford museum



Publicity: Publicity/Social Media

Pitch to educational/librarian blogs with “maker” angle

Pitch to author/illustrator regional/local media (Buffalo, NY/Seattle) as well as Dearborn, MI media (Henry Ford residence)

Pitch to NSTA/Science blogs and publications

Promote book on BMP Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest with visual assets, special hash tag, trivia, and giveaways; targeted ads when applicable.



Author Website: peggythomaswrites.com

“While many know about Henry Ford’s automobiles and assembly line refinements, Thomas’s latest nonfiction work describes his fascination with the soybean. Vibrant shades of yellow, green, and blue dominate Fotheringham’s digital illustrations, which feature farming and factory scenes and play with scale. A detailed, bean-filled look at an auto tycoon’s lesser-known passion.”—Publishers Weekly


“(F)ascinating… Fotheringham’s illustrations are stunning digital art pieces that supplement the narrative with additional information.  This engaging story is ideal for anyone looking to add to their collections on American history or STEAM.”—Booklist

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