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All Kinds of Bikes: Off-Road to Easy-Riders

9781476539676. ea vol: ed. by Gail Saunders-Smith. 24p. (Spokes Series). bibliog. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Capstone. 2014. lib. ed. $24.65.
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PreS-Gr 2—These well-crafted early readers present a clear introduction to cycling through simple sentences, straightforward vocabulary, and just over 200 words per title. Simple statements are well matched with oversize, colorful photos, which add appeal and support the message that "biking is fun." Bicycle Basics explores bicycle history, while All Kinds of Bikes introduces a variety different kinds—from touring and racing bikes to BMX and tricycles. Bike Safety offers tips, such as looking both ways before crossing the street and wearing bright colors when cycling. Cheery photos depict family groups, and each book includes resources for further reading.
These primers are good introductions to the sport as well as to bicycling safety, history, and mechanical basics. Clearly focused on promoting the recreational fun of cycling, the books feature large, full-color photographs with a variety of children and adults. Safety tips and instructions are simple, thorough, and stress the importance of being self-reliant. Reading list. Glos., ind. Review covers these Pebble Plus: Spokes titles: Bicycle Basics and Bike Safety.

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