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Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride: America's First Crosscountry Automobile Trip

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  30 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews

Dr. Horatio Jackson wasn't necessarily a betting man. But in 1903, he overheard a stranger saying that it was just not possible to drive across the United States in one of those unreliable, newfangled automobiles. Jackson disagreedhe believed in the future of the automobile. So he made a $50 bet with the man that he could drive a car from San Francisco to New York. Jackson

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Library Binding, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2009 by Millbrook Press (first published January 1st 2009)
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Love this story!

In 1903, Dr. Horatio Jackson made a bet that he could drive all the way across the United States in a horseless buggy in less than three months. Jackson hires a mechanic to go along on the ride with him and they set off.

Remember what things were like then? No paved roads. No maps. No gas stations. Maximum speed of 30 mph. Not even a windshield to keep the bugs out of your mouth.

The author chooses to zoom in on the events of several days during the sixty-three day trip. The pict
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Nov 04, 2010 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it
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. Yet Dr. Horatio Jackson along with his mechanic Crocker and a bulldog named Bud piled themselves into a topless, windowless Winton automobile and set out to make history. This is the true story of how they did it. I enjoyed reading about all t ...more
Alice
Jun 23, 2015 Alice rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
I have driven across county from North Carolina to Utah. It was a memorable trip. I did it by myself in my brothers Dodge Diesel engine Truck. He was deployed to Iraq for a year and didn't want his truck just sitting in NC. So, on paved, I-40, doing 65 MPH or so, I drove across county. It was a leisurely trip, I only did about 8 hours a day, stopping at attractions along the way. It had heat and a/c/

Jackson did it in a tin can on wheels, no roof, no a/c no radio or DVD player. Quite an interesti
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Kelly
Jun 08, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
Nominated for a 2011-12 South Carolina Picture Book Award, Jackson and Bud's Bumpy Ride is a great story for teaching young students about the first cross-country auto trip. The afterword at the end of the book is especially helpful in providing factual information from primary sources and suggestions for further reading.

Although this book is excellent, I hesitate to use it for a read-aloud. The timeline nature of the book makes the text a little too choppy for an effective read-aloud.
Jennifer
Mar 26, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
I can imagine this book being used in a classroom to teach geography, and it would be fun for the kids - a car ride across the continent with a goggle-wearing dog as a mascot. A cute, joyously-illustrated book.
Devin L.
Apr 06, 2010 Devin L. rated it did not like it
Shelves: social-studies
This story tells the first account of someone traveling from the west coast to the east coast in a car. Too damn long! I really struggled to get through this book and know that children will struggle as well.
Sarah
May 01, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Really cute story about the first ever automobile drive across the United States in 1903. Lots of adventures and a cute dog.
Lucia
Jun 05, 2009 Lucia rated it really liked it
Great picture book about the first cross-country car trip in America. The pictures are entertaining and the text is interesting, fun and not a sleeper. Fun!!
Christie Suh
Apr 26, 2010 Christie Suh rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
This sttory is about the first account of someone traveling from the west coast to the east coast in a car.
Mandy
Oct 17, 2009 Mandy rated it it was ok
Fun story and illustrations; substantial back matter. The story doesn't flow very smoothly in a couple places.
Calye
Feb 01, 2014 Calye rated it it was amazing
What a fun book for both kids and adults. Now I want to read more about this trip (based on a real drive). Great for anyone you know who likes road trips and adventure.
Eileen
Jul 30, 2009 Eileen rated it really liked it
The wonderful story of a man and a dog who make the first cross country trip in a horseless buugy all for the sake of a bet. Excellent afterword with photographs. Gotta love a dog who wears goggles!
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