Water Rides

Water Rides

by Valerie Bodden

Editorial Reviews

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 water rides, defines what they are, provides a short history—Americans first laid tracks for boats to go down in the late 1800s—and discusses the different types of water rides that are popular today. The book also highlights three water rides that are "famous" for specific reasons: the Insano in Brazil which is the world's tallest water slide; the Pilgrims Plunge in Indiana which with the tallest shoot-the-chute ride; and Splash Mountain at Disneyland, a log flume variation of the water ride that has become famous because of its Disney connection. Photos of various water rides are found throughout the text, as are pictures of water-related toys like rubber ducks and beach balls that 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. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1–3—Though the amusement park mainstays highlighted in this series don't all offer quite the same level of "thrill," the bright color photos and Bodden's matter-of-fact descriptions of what riders can expect may leave novices eager, or at least a little better prepared, for their first rides. The author slips in a bit of history about each ride to go with the images of colorfully painted exteriors and glimpses of the mechanics that make the fun possible. Along with brief mentions of the highest, longest, or biggest rides worldwide, the author closes each volume with a more detailed look at one renowned exemplar, such as the London Eye Ferris wheel or Coney Island's Cyclone roller coaster.Grades 5 and Up

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Creative Company, The
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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