Book Review | Just Fine The Way They Are
Title: Just Fine the Way They Are
Author: Connie Nordhielm Wooldridge
About the book:
Mr. John Slack, the keeper of a tavern beside a rutted dirt road in the early 1800s, thought things were just fine the way they were. So did Lucius Stockton, who ran the National Road Stage Company in the mid 1800s. So too, did the owners of the railroads when the first Model T appeared in 1908. Yet with each new innovation, Americans were able to move around the country more quickly, efficiently, and comfortably. Connie Wooldridge offers an informative, yet light-hearted look at how the dirt roads of the early 1800s evolved into the present-day
U.S. Highway system. Richard Walz’s richly-rendered paintings capture both the broad sweep and the individual impact of change and progress.
I home school my three young children and I was excited to review this book during our history lesson. It is a wonderful children’s picture book that travels through 200 years as it explores the evolution of our transportation system. The illustrations by Richard Walz are colorful and engaging and really bring the story to life as my son’s eye widened at pictures of the beautiful steam engines, work horses and more. The text is well-written and was able to capture my young son’s imagination. It also stirred his desire to learn more about various forms of transportation as he was full of questions and wanted to learn more about how roads were built in the United States. I would recommend this historical picture book for children in 4th-6th grade. Elementary or home school teachers can even find lesson plans that are available for use at the author’s website.
*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*