Academic journal article Science and Children

Bertha Takes a Drive

Academic journal article Science and Children

Bertha Takes a Drive

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Bertha Takes a Drive By Jan Adkins. $17.99. 32 pp. Charlesbridge Publishing. Watertown, MA. 2017. ISBN: 9781580896962.

Bertha Benz was a creative, determined, and brave woman living in the late 1880s in Germany with her husband and four children. Bertha worked with her husband, who had designed the Benz Motorwagon III, to learn the mechanics of the automobile.

Bertha decided to prove that the Benz Motorwagon III was fit to travel at least 97 km (60 mi.) on the unpaved roads, traveling the distance with her two sons. Bertha "showed" her skills as an inventor, mechanic, and determined woman as she traveled in the automobile.

Readers will experience traveling the journey with Bertha and her two sons in one of the first automobiles invented. The journey continued with Bertha as she demonstrated her skill as an inventor and mechanic when she used a hatpin to clean the fuel line. She was credited with inventing "brake pad linings" as she realized the brakes needed linings to prevent them from pressing against the wheel rims. …

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