Book Title: Just Fine The Way They Are
from Dirt Roads to Rail Roads to Interstates
Author: Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
Reading Ages: 9-12
I got this book to review and I sat down with my 6 year old son to read together. He is an advanced reader and he really enjoyed this book. He’s at the age where history is exciting and interesting for him and add that with his love for cars, it’s a perfect book for him to enjoy. It talks about the history and how we got the roads we drive on today.
It all started in the 1800’s when they 1st came up with the idea of concrete roads called the National Road. Before any kind of roads, it was just dirt that the horses and carriages drove on. Once the roads were built, Horses and Carriages were able to travel faster bringing items from town to town.
Then, they came up with the ideas of railroads. Where you can travel across country without the bumpiness of a concrete road full of potholes and horses and carriages. It allowed people to travel in style and comfort as well allowed them to carry freight from one part of the country to the other part.
Then in 1900’s The 1st Automobile was made so that allowed drivers to travel at their own pleasure and go where they wanted to go. They didn’t have to follow the railroad’s schedule and locations. From then, they decided to make roads that expanded past where the national road ended. Due to a lot of traffic and how fast people wanted to go, they decided to make interstates where people can get on and off to go to town.
This was a very interesting and informative book. It talks about 200 years of history and how things progressed from dirt roads to interstates.
This is a great book to read especially in history class. Teachers can find LessonPlans at the author’s website.
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This book was sent to me for a review and all opinions are 100% mine.