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The Bicycle
     

The Bicycle

by Larry Hills
 

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Introduces the history and development of the bicycle and explains how a bicycle works. Includes information on some of the inventors who were influential of the invention of the bicycle.

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Introduces the history and development of the bicycle and explains how a bicycle works. Includes information on some of the inventors who were influential of the invention of the bicycle.

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Children's Literature
Part of the "Great Inventions" series, this title explains, in simple language, the development of the bicycle from Leonardo da Vinci's drawings to the odd-looking "ordinary" of the 1800's with its huge front wheel, to the mountain bikes of today. Readers see photos and learn about the cumbersome early bicycles—beginning with no pedals at all—through the various permutations that improved their weight, balance, steering and comfort. The author explains how gears and brakes work, and the "Hands On" section at the back of the book walks readers through the changing of gears. Different kinds of bikes are described, including mountain bikes and BMX bikes. The book opens with the drama of the Tour de France and Lance Armstrong's fifth consecutive win in 2003. Boxes throughout the text highlight interesting facts, such as how bicycles changed women's fashion: women adopted bloomers, baggy pants worn under skirts, because riding bicycles in long skirts was too awkward. The reader learns that no single person invented the bicycle, but rather that it developed from many people's work and ideas. Making for interesting reading on their own, the timelines, glossary, and list of Internet sites at the back of this book make it very useful as an elementary school research text. 2005, Fact Finders/Capstone Press, Ages 7 to 10.
—Kathryn Erskine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780736826686
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
09/01/2004
Series:
Fact Finders Books Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.92(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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