The Story of Car Engineer Soichiro Honda

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Cars are really common now, but they weren’t 100 years ago. One young boy was very excited to see one of the first cars in Japan, and he decided that he had to do stuff with cars. This young boy was Soichiro Honda. He started off as a janitor in a mechanics shop and did really well at it. The owner noticed his work and allowed him to start helping out fixing cars. Eventually, he was able to open his own repair shop that soon became the best shop in the city. He learned the things he needed to learn, even going back to school to learn new subjects. He started building motorcycles after World War II and then later built cars.

The Story of Car Engineer Soichiro Honda by Mark Weston tells the story of Soichiro Honda in short chapters. In between the chapters of his story, the author has put information about other historical events including street racing, World War II, Henry Ford, engine cooling, and the laws about pollution. There are also pencil drawings throughout, but I didn’t like them very much because they weren’t very nice. The story is choppy, and the chapters not about Mr. Honda are not that interesting. This is an okay book, but not really one that I would rush out to buy. It would be good for people really interested in cars.

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Author Mark Weston • Katie Yamasaki, Illustrator
Star Count 3/5
Format Trade
Page Count 48 pages
Publisher Lee & Low Books
Publish Date 2018-06-05
ISBN 9781620147900
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Issue April 2019
Category Early Reader


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