Road Trip!: Camping with the Four Vagabonds: Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs
By Claudia Friddell
Illustrated by Jeremy Holmes
Join Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Harvey Firestone, and John Burroughs on their pioneering camping trips during the early 1900s in this energetic and entertaining nonfiction picture-book adventure.
After years of inventing things that other people needed, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford realized there was something they needed—a vacation! So, the famous inventors packed up Ford’s Model T and invited their good friends Harvey Firestone and John Burroughs to join them as “the Four Vagabonds” hit America’s back roads to enjoy the country’s natural beauty, fireside chats, and frolicking fun with friends—all while inspiring future generations to invent camping adventures of their own.
Road Trip! Awards
- 2022 JLG Selection
- 2023 Kansas NEA Reading Circle Recommended Title
“An entertaining and informative picture book describing the camping adventures of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, John Burroughs, and Harvey Firestone….This is a dynamic and engaging book to complement units on inventors, nature, and camping. It is sure to spark further exploration of these famous men in history, and presents quite a contrast with what young people know of today’s founders and start-up entrepreneurs.” —School Library Journal, starred review