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Summary: The six Wangdoos are a bicycle race team. They ride races throughout the mountains of Tibet and France with their mascot (a yak) along for the ride. During one race, the Wangdoo at the back saw the yak just sitting still and decided he, too, wanted a rest. Afterall, he was the smallest so he wouldn't be missed. One by one, each Wangdoo had the same idea. Oh no, this can't be good. This rhyming picture book offers humor and life lessons for kids.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, anytime reading, playtime reading, read aloud book,
Recommended Age: read together: 3 to 6; read yourself: 7 to 10
Interest Level: 3 to 8
Age of Child: Read with and by a 9-year-old girl
Young Reader Reaction: My daughter giggled her way through this one and loved going back to point out the yak. [I think she just liked saying the word.] The illustrations gave her lots to look at while I read.
Adult Reader Reaction: This is a fun, clever way to teach kids about teamwork. I would have loved to share this with her when she was a preschooler, as she would have been beside herself. There are a couple of spots where the rhyme seems to get stuck, but all in all it is easy to read.
Pros: Humor and a fast pace make this fun reading to share with young children.
Cons: Although the rhyming and repetitive words would make this a suitable choice for developing readers (think early first grade), the density of the text and long paragraphs on some pages will be overwhelming.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. This is a great book to enjoy with preschoolers and then pull out later when your elementary-aged child might need a reminder about teamwork and fairness.
Educational Themes: There are lots of ways to enjoy this book. Teamwork is the obvious one, but the logic the characters use also speak to fairness and selfishness. Throughout the book the characters' expressions offer you an opportunity to ask "what do you think they're thinking" or "what do you think is going on." There are also logical spots to pause and allow your listeners to predict what is going to happen next.
Notes: The publisher donated an advance review copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.