Does gliding across powdery snow on a winter's day sound exciting to you? The combination of fresh air, beautiful scenery, and a powerful machine make snowmobiling a great winter pastime.

Discusses the equipment, skills and techniques, safety issues, and more related to snowmobiling.

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Does gliding across powdery snow on a winter's day sound exciting to you? The combination of fresh air, beautiful scenery, and a powerful machine make snowmobiling a great winter pastime.

Discusses the equipment, skills and techniques, safety issues, and more related to snowmobiling.

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Editorial Reviews

Dedicated to investigating some lesser-known outdoor activities, The Great Outdoors series explores the techniques, equipment, and finally, the safety issues that surround several outdoor sports. In Snowmobiling, chapters are devoted to the history, equipment, and safety issues surrounding this fast-paced and exciting pastime. A final short section covers the warning signs and first aid treatments for the various stages of frostbite and hypothermia. Each volume in this series features color photographs, a short glossary, and suggestions for both print and electronic sources for more information. This series will appeal to school and public libraries looking for books to round out their sports or adventure sections. The easy-to-read style, added resources, and visually pleasing format would make this series a good choice for reluctant readers and for students new to research. Only its brevity and lack of depth keep it from being a stand-alone resource. Glossary. Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 4Q 3P M J (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9). 2002, Capstone, 48p. PLB
— Heather Hepler
Children's Literature - Karen Leggett
"When the snow falls in winter, some people can only think of one thing." Snowmobiling. Laura Purdie Salas captures the thrill, the science and the danger of snowmobiles. The first snowmobile was made from a toboggan in Wisconsin in 1924. Now snowmobiles race at speeds of more than 150 miles an hour and there are more than 230,000 miles of trails for recreational snowmobilers. The snowmobile's suspension, exhaust system and engine are explained and illustrated. There is a recipe for high-energy granola for the trail and recommendations to take along everything from sunscreen and first aid kit to helmet, map and compass and knowledge of the signs of frostbite. And, oh, by the way: "Responsible snowmobilers respect the environment." In addition to numerous full-color, high-action photos, there is an index, resources, glossary and interesting "edge facts" along the margin. This small but excellent and informative book may have particular appeal to the reluctant reader who would rather be courting danger outside. "The Great Outdoors" series also includes titles about bowhunting, camping, canoeing, deer and duck hunting, fly fishing, freshwater fishing, hiking, pheasant hunting and saltwater fishing. Reviewer: Karen Leggett
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429608251
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: Great Outdoors Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 885,447
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 810L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Laura Purdie Salas is the author of more than 100 books for kids and teens. Her work has received the Minnesota Book Award and other honors, including Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and NCTE Notables. She and her husband live in Minnesota and have two monsters of their own, Maddie and Annabelle. When Laura's not reading or writing, she likes to dance, play games, and work with the Minnesota Brass drum corps (which involves a lot of Counting, following Patterns, and creating Shapes on the field). She tries to eat More vegetables and Less brownies, but that is hard! Learn more about Laura at
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