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Author: Angela Roberts

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Publisher: Random House,

Material: hard cover

Summary: This book covers all aspects of NASCAR: from it history, through the stories of some of its top drivers. Read biographies of Glen “Fireball” Roberts, Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt Sr., and Jeff Gordon; learn how they started driving and some of the races they won. A section at the end of the book identifies other men and women drivers. This is a non-fiction book in easy reader format.

Type of Reading: family reading, anytime reading, independent reading, read aloud book,transitional reader, reluctant reader

Recommended Age: read together: 5 to 8; read yourself: 8 to 10

Interest Level: 5 to 9

Reading Level: 4.6

Age of Child: Read with a 5-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: My daughter picked this book because we had just seen a race and she wanted to learn more. She did not realize how long it took the drivers to go around the laps. IT surprised her that it took them years to win and that they didn’t win every year or for every race they ran.

Adult Reader Reaction: I liked how the book showed that it takes time to win and that you won’t always win. The presentation is very effective. It offers the basic information about the drivers so children reading it aren’t overwhelmed with details. The photographs complement the writing very well. I wasn’t sure she would like it once she discovered it wasn't about racing cars, but she did. I think she might even want to watch some of the next race.

Pros: This is a good nonfiction choice for young readers. The information is presented at a level they can understand and it will expand their reading confidence. Boys, in particular, will be drawn to this book.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow. This is a good book to get kids interested in reading, but it is still an easy-reader format and they will eventually want more sophisticated content. This is a great choice for a school or public library.

If You Liked This Book, Try: BALLET (Series Two - Usborne Internet-Linked Book)   AGGIE AND BEN; THREE STORIES   AMAZING DOLPHINS (I Can Read! Series)

Educational Themes: The history of NASCAR is really secondary to the stories of the drivers. The information can help dispel a child's assumptions that success comes fast and easy. Explore the themes of winning/losing, perseverance, and following your passion. We’re interested in your review. Please enter your Name (and blog in Parenthesis), then copy/paste your post link in the URL field. With a link exchange, we both benefit because interested readers can visit you too!

Literary Categories: Fiction - biography, sports, car racing, easy reader series

Date(s) Reviewed: March 2009

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