STEM for Science Saturday: Inventor’s Secret

With one secret and two friends, the world was changed forever.

The Inventor's SecretThomas Edison and Henry Ford started off as insatiably curious tinkerers. That curiosity led them to become inventors–with very different results. As Edison invented hit after commercial hit, gaining fame and fortune, Henry struggled to make a single invention (an affordable car) work. Witnessing Thomas’s glorious career from afar, a frustrated Henry wondered about the secret to his success. Henry finally gets the chance of a lifetime to show his gas-powered vehicle plans to Thomas Edison himself. It is then that Thomas reveals his secret to success – and it’s one that Henry knew all along!

This little-known story is a fresh, kid-friendly way to show how Thomas Edison and Henry Ford grew up to be the most famous inventors in the world–and best friends, too.

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 – 4

Why we LOVE this book:
Lively story and one that is little known
Illustrations are super detailed and contribute greatly to the story
Teaches about friendship, curiosity and perseverence
Special Author’s and Illustrator’s notes in the back
Details about inventions in the back of the book, following the story
Great comparison timeline of The Life of Thomas Edison and The Life of Henry Ford

About the Author:

Suzanne Buckingham Slade is the award-winning author of more than 100 books for children. A Mechanical Engineer by degree, Ms. Slade lives near Chicago with her husband and two children. Visit her at www.suzanneslade.com.

Some of her newest books:
THE MUSIC IN GEORGE’S HEAD: GEORGE GERSHWIN CREATES RHAPSODY IN BLUE
*Four Starred Reviews (Kirkus, Booklist, Publishers’ Weekly, School Library Journal)
*2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Award
*Booklist’s Top 10 Arts Books for Youth List

THE INVENTOR’S SECRET
*2016 NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book
*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

FRIENDS FOR FREEDOM
*Amelia Bloomer Recommended Titles List
*CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Books For Young People
*Starred Review – Publishers Weekly