Snowmobile by Jules Older
Bombardier's Dream Machine

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In 1922, when Joseph-Armand Bombardier was fifteen years old he built his first snow vehicle. He had always loved to tinker with motors and make things go, and he dreamed of building a vehicle that could go over snow. His first attempt, using a Model T Ford engine and a wooden propeller, worked well. To Joseph-Armand’s mind, anyhow. Not so much his father, who made him take the contraption apart. Over the years, Joseph-Armand dreamed of becoming a great mechanic and inventing machines. But when his young son died of a fever because it was impossible to get to the hospital over the snow-covered roads, Joseph-Armand applied his single-minded determination to building a vehicle that could go over snow. It took years, but he accomplished his goal. His invention changed the way people in snow country lived. Inaccessible roads could now be travelled, taking patients to hospitals, doctors and priests to the needy, children to school, and even mail to residents.

About Jules Older

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Jules Older has worked as a broadcaster, editor, psychologist, educator, college counselor, psychology professor, medical educator, disc jockey, ski instructor, and even as a villain on TV (for one month). He is currently the editor-in-chief of Ski Press and the author of more than twenty children's books.Jules has written for The New Yorker, Los Angeles Times, Washington Times, and Skiing Magazine. He is the author of many children's books, including COW, Anita! The Woman Behind the Body Shop, Hank Prank in Love (Puffin Books), Hank Prank and Hot Henrietta (Puffin Books) and Ben and Jerry, The Real Scoop! (Chapters Publishing).Jules donates 7.5 percent of all earnings from his children's books to causes such as The Heifer Project and Doctors Without Borders. He lives in San Francisco.Lyn Severance, an eighth-generation Vermonter, comes from a long line of dairy farmers. She attended Parsons School of Design in New York and currently lives in Burlington, Vermont. Lyn illustrated Ben & Jerry's: The Real Scoop! and the Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream & Dessert Book.
Published February 1, 2012 by Charlesbridge. 64 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors.

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Link that to his home place—Quebec, where it snowed like crazy for seven months a year and no one bothered to plow the few roads—and his drive to create a snow vehicle is as understandable as might be his love for hot chocolate.

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