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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This text is part of a series specifically focused on thrill rides that might be of interest to primary/early elementary readers. This particular text, focusing on carousels or merry-go-rounds, defines what they are, provides a short history—Europeans practiced catching a ring with a spear while riding on a horse on wooden horses spun around by people—and discusses the different types of carousels and the typical animals found on them. The book also highlights three carousels wheels that are "famous" for specific reasons: the Columbia Carousel at Six Flags Great America for being the biggest; the indoor carousel at the House on the Rock in Wisconsin for being the biggest of its kind; and the Kit Carson County Carousel in Colorado that is one of the oldest and fastest carousels still in existence. Photos of various carousels are found throughout the text, as are pictures of carnival fare like cotton candy, ride tickets, and popcorn to add to the fun features of the text. The Glossary, Read More, and Web Sites sections are minimal although probably appropriate to the reading level of the young readers upon which the text focuses. This text, and the "Thrill Rides" series in general, provide a fun look at the type of rides little kids—and their parents—can't wait to ride and enjoy at amusement parks and fairs. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608181124
  • Publisher: Creative Company, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/2012
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.80 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

What Is a Carousel? 6

Riding a Carousel 10

Carousel History 14

Special Carousels 17

One Famous Carousel 20

Glossary 22


Web sites 23

Index 24

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