The Night Henry Ford Met Santa

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Could Henry Ford have taken his idea for an automobile assembly line from the elves at the North Pole? Maybe so. Set just before Christmas in 1908, this charming tale finds Henry Ford puzzling over a way to make his Model T affordable for the average family. His little son Edsel suggests that Daddy write to Santa for advice. Since Santa makes toys for millions of children, Edsel points out, he must know a better way. Henry writes the letter just to please his son, but Santa actually answers by taking Henry to visit his North Pole workshop. When he sees the elves working in a line, each completing just one specific task on every toy that's made, Henry Ford envisions an automobile assembly line. The story not only illustrates that children can teach adults how to dream, but it also provides an author's note with factual information about Henry Ford and the Model T.



  • Dewey: E
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585361328): 32 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2007, 09/01/2006
  • PDF (9781627536004): 32 pages, © 2014, 09/01/2013
  • Hosted ebook (9781627536349): 32 pages, © 2014, 09/01/2013


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 9
  • ATOS Reading Level: 4.8
  • ATOS Interest Level: LG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 109535
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 0.5

BISAC Subjects


  • Friends of American Writers Juvenile Literature Book Award, Winner, 2007


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Author: Carol Hagen

Carol Hagen began writing at a very young age. She is an English teacher and school librarian and has taught in the public school system in both Michigan and California. Educated in Michigan, she holds a B.A. in English from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a Master's degree in Library and Information Science from Wayne State University. She is still writing and has just completed her first novel. Carol works as a librarian in Orange County, California where she resides with her family.

Illustrator: Matt Faulkner

Matt Faulkner has written and illustrated a number of children's books. His work has won wide praise for its humor, exuberance, and sensitivity. He is also a contributing illustrator to such national periodicals as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Forbes. Matt lives with his son, Gabe and their three cats on a little island in San Francisco Bay (no, not Alcatraz).