STEAM | 28 August 2015How to Build a Car Share article facebook twitter google pinterest Is your child a dreamer with endless ideas? Then he or she might find a kindred spirit in the character of Eli in the Technical Tales series. Eli might be just a mouse, but with the help of his friends Phoebe (the Smarty-Pants Expert) and Hank (the Supply Guy), he works on turning his dreams into reality…and that reality is real, working modes of transportation! In the first book in the series, How to Build a Car, Eli and crew show readers how to use teamwork and knowledge to build a miniature racer. Eli even teaches the youngest readers to persevere when facing difficulty. In Eli’s case, this difficulty came about when the plans go missing and he has to figure out how to finish the car without them. Who hasn’t made this face when the lightbulb suddenly goes on and the solution to a problem is suddenly evident? Read Along Tip: Children will easily identify with Eli’s situation and can even share a time when they conquered a seemingly insurmountable task. How did it feel? What words describe Eli’s reaction? Excerpted from How to Build a Car DRUM BRAKE Need to slow down or stop when you’re on the road? Then you’d better have a drum brake. When a driver pushes on the brake pedal, the brake shoes clamp against the spinning brake drum. This slows the car down. Wheel Cylinder Brake Shoes Drum Brake Line Brake Pedal Brake Fluid Master Cylinder Piston It’s What’s Inside that Counts The engine powers the car, but primo leather seats and all the right bells and whistles make a car fun to drive. The speedometer, temperature gauge, and gas levels tell drivers everything they need to know to hit the road. Ignition Light Switch Fuel Gauge Indicator Switch Speedometer Temperature Gauge Oil Pressure Gauge Steering Wheel Gear Stick Clutch Pedal Brake Pedal Accelerator Pedal – – – As we watch Eli, Phoebe, and Hank drive off together in their finished racer, we wonder what the trio might tackle next. Never fear, for our author and illustrator give us a hint with this final page… …which flies us directly to the second title in the series: How to Build a Plane. The fun continues next spring with How to Build a Motorcycle. Author: Martin Sodomka Author: Saskia Lacey Format: Hardcover, 64 Pages ISBN: 9781633220409 Publisher: Walter Foster Jr. Age Range: 6 to 8 Buy from an Online Retailer In North America: In The UK: Share article facebook twitter google pinterest If you have any comments on this article please contact us or get in touch via social media.