The Inventor’s Secret, What Thomas Edison Told Henry Ford
by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Jennifer Black Reinhardt
NSTA 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12
Who knew that two famous inventors, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, were friends? And what was Thomas Edison’s secret for his many, many inventions?
This delightful story starts when both were curious boys who spent most of their time running experiments—and getting into trouble! Thomas made explosions with chemistry experiments and was especially curious about electricity. Henry was curious about the energy in a river and when he built a dam and waterwheel to catch the river’s energy, he flooded a neighbor’s field. Mostly he was curious about engines. When he built his first steam engine, it exploded and set his school’s fence on fire!
Thomas made many inventions, which everyone heard about. Henry made a quadricycle that everyone laughed at. What was Thomas’ secret, he wondered. Then one day he decided to meet Thomas and find out his secret. He talked his way into a dinner and waited and waited, until finally he had a chance to talk to Thomas. Thomas lit up like a light blub when Henry told him about his four-cycle engine. Henry sketched his invention and Thomas asked question after question. And then it happened. Thomas banged his fist on the table, and shared his secret!
This book is filled with history nuggets and an afterward sharing Thomas and Henry’s special friendship, how the author came to write the book and the challenges the illustrator had to accurately illustrate the book. It also includes snippets of information on several inventions of both Thomas and Henry. A great introduction to two twentieth century men who changed the world. The Inventor’s Secret was awarded the NSTA 2016 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students K-12.