By MultiCultural Review

This story is valuable because it is both interesting and inspiring. But it is much more. It has an encouraging message for those who find school difficult. ‘Soichiro was not a good student. Book learning did not make sense to him.’ Also, information about engines, spark plugs, water pumps, and piston rings will interest the mechanically talented. The effects of real world events, specifically World War II, are reflected in Honda’s life. Experiences with Japanese culture and language are woven into his life story. And, there are lessons in economics as well, as the story progresses from ideas to the establishment and growth of a factory. This is a book to read aloud to children ages seven to nine. Be sure to make it available as many will want to reread it on their own.