Snowmobile Racers

Snowmobile Racers

by Bob Woods
     
 

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From California to Maine, kids like you are powering through the snow and over the ice on snowmobiles. Learn about the extreme sport of snocross, high-flying freestyle tricks, and even drag races on grass and water. Get ready to brave the cold-it's time to enter the world of the snowmobile racer.  See more details below

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From California to Maine, kids like you are powering through the snow and over the ice on snowmobiles. Learn about the extreme sport of snocross, high-flying freestyle tricks, and even drag races on grass and water. Get ready to brave the cold-it's time to enter the world of the snowmobile racer.

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Children's Literature - Cindy K. Schofield
Snowmobiles provide an outdoor racing experience in the snowiest regions under the coldest conditions. Or they can be raced over hay in warm weather—as they are at the annual Labor Day weekend Hay Days event in Minnesota. Except for occasional warm-weather warm-ups, snowmobiling is a winter sport and the "sled heads" who take part enjoy various types of competitions and recreational riding. The sport was launched in 1959 when the first Ski-Doo was manufactured and "personal" versions of the larger snow busting vehicles began to be manufactured and sold to the masses. One of the most interesting photos in this little book is of an early motorized skiing vehicle invented in Russia in the early 1900s. The rear wheels of a truck-like vehicle ran on a spiked metal belt and the front wheels were replaced with skis. This vehicle was preceded by one that ran on skis and was powered by a propeller! In addition to the history of snowmobiling the author examines the variations in types of sleds and their purposes, the engines, and how they work, and tips for shopping for the right sled. Safety is reviewed—including the necessity of dressing for the extreme cold weather that is a part and parcel of the sport. As with the other books in this series, this is a simple introduction to the activity. It will most likely have an appeal to kids who are already familiar with snowmobiling and want to know more about racing. It makes sense that snowmobiling as a family affair is discussed since it is not likely that a lone youngster could fully participate in this expensive sport, dependent on maintaining and transporting heavy machinery and equipment. The book has elements of adult nonfiction books including table of contents, glossary, bibliography and index, so if a specific topic catches a child's attention the format will give her or him experience in reading for informational purposes. Reviewer: Cindy K. Schofield
VOYA - Jeff Mann
Five titles make up the Kid Racers series of books. These books cover niche sports. Each of the titles introduces the sport, describes the equipment, discusses kids currently involved in the sport, provides safety advice, and gives information on where and how kids can get involved if they desire. Each book's author is either an expert in that particular sport, or a writer who has previously covered the sport. Marketed for reluctant middle school and junior high readers, these books are visually appealing—packed with current and colorful photographs of the various sports, and laid out with generous spacing so that text does not overwhelm reluctant readers. Various pieces of trivia or related sport information are sprinkled throughout the book to break up each chapter. Each book is well-organized and well-written using basic vocabulary. Sport-specific terminology is also clearly explained. All books contain twenty chapters — each only two pages in length. Many readers will certainly be left with an "I can do that, too" attitude after finishing any of the books in the series. Teachers and librarians will want to consider this series if looking for sports-related material that is kid-friendly and a quick read. Reviewer: Jeff Mann
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-9–Written with reluctant readers in mind, these titles devote two pages each to subtopics such as “Getting Started” (Speedboat Racers), “History: From Dirt Bumps to Monster Jumps” (Dirt Bike Racers), and “Best of the Best” (BMX Racers). The first sentences of each chapter and the subtopic headings are printed in red. Content is surprisingly good given that most paragraphs consist of no more than four sentences; vocabulary is controlled, but not limited to the point of simplicity. Racing and safety tips and additional information are highlighted on a yellow background at the end of each chapter. Quarter- to half-page color photos (many are action shots) add to the texts. Printed in red on white or black on red, the captions are usually informative. The authors focus on the activity and the excitement of the sports. None of the titles has a conclusion, but these are adequate introductions.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766037564
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
04/01/2010
Series:
Kid Racers Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
10 - 13 Years

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