What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?

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If you want to win races, never race a cheetah--no animal on earth can run faster! A peregrine falcon can swoop faster than a cheetah can run, but that can't even compare to an airplane, a rocket, or the speed of light. Full color.

Compares the speed of various animals, from humans to cheetahs to peregrine falcons, with even faster things like rockets, meteroids, and light.

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If you want to win races, never race a cheetah--no animal on earth can run faster! A peregrine falcon can swoop faster than a cheetah can run, but that can't even compare to an airplane, a rocket, or the speed of light. Full color.

Compares the speed of various animals, from humans to cheetahs to peregrine falcons, with even faster things like rockets, meteroids, and light.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Eileen Hanning
What is faster than a cheetah? What is faster than a jet plane? What is even faster than a meteoroid? This picture book will answer all of those questions. In this great introduction to the concept of speed, readers can compare speeds of different animals with other things like airplanes, rockets, and light. The bright pen and acrylic illustrations add humor to the simple text. At the end, the author includes a chart to compare speeds and some notes about 'very fast things.' This book will be very useful for teachers and parents when talking about speed with young learners.
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K-Gr 3A concept book about speed that will have difficulty finding an audience. The material is more suited to older readers, but the childlike quality of the illustrations will keep them at bay. Younger children will be attracted to the lively cartoon art and format, but will have a difficult time comprehending such comparisons as a jet engine flying faster than the speed of sound or sound waves traveling 660 miles per hour. Wells does provide plenty of information on "fast things," starting off by comparing the speed of an ostrich to that of a child. The concept is an interesting one, but the presentation may be problematic.Denise Furgione, Franklin Township Public Library, NJ
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Fast, faster, fastest! Kids infatuated with speed will love this book of comparisons of things that move like greased lightning. The book starts out by comparing a fast human pace with that of an ostrich (45 mph) and a cheetah (70 mph), and accelerates from there. The animal kingdom is quickly outraced by machines, machines are in turn put to shame by meteorites, and a beam of light proves the ultimate speedster. A chart compares how long each creature or object would take to get to the moon—a good exercise in understanding comparisons, as well as chart- reading. The illustrations are active and bright, occasionally switching from horizontal layouts to vertical ones. Turning the book on its side slows things down a bit, but readers will find that this book on speed has a momentum all its own.
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"Fast, faster, fastest! Kids infatuated with speed will love this book of comparisons of things that move like greased lightning."

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"A trip children won't want to miss."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807522813
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 1/1/1997
  • Series: Robert E. Wells Science Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 577,213
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.11 (d)

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What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah?


By Robert E. Wells

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 1997 Robert E. Wells
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-2281-3


CHAPTER 1

You may very well be fast on your feet. But if you want to WIN races, never race a CHEETAH-or even an OSTRICH, for that matter.

If you ran very hard, you might reach a speed of 15 miles per hour. That's not nearly fast enough to keep up with an ostrich. With a top skeed of about 45 miles per hour, an ostrich is the world's fastest 2-legged runner.

But the cheetah will certainly be way out in front. A cheetah can reach a speed of about 70 miles per hour-MORE THAN A MILE A MINUTE! No animal on EARTH can run faster than that!

But a cheetah can't run nearly as fast as a PEREGRINE FALCON can SWOOP!

A peregrine falcon can dive through the sky at about 200 miles per hour! That's 3 times as fast as a car zooming along a high way!

A peregrine falcon is truly a SUPER SWOOPER. It can dive faster than any creature can run.


(Continues...)

Excerpted from What's Faster Than a Speeding Cheetah? by Robert E. Wells. Copyright © 1997 Robert E. Wells. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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    This book is so awesome for boys age 5 - 8!

    My son got this book when he was 5 years old and we still love to read it, and all the books by this author. You learn so many interesting facts. The illustrations are amazing. Plus, it's a lot of fun.

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