The Cycling Wangdoos


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.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Humor and a fast pace make this fun reading to share with young children.

Content Awareness Factors:

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.

Little Kid 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.

Parent 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.

Type of Book:
This rhyming picture book offers humor and life lessons for kids.
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.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
7 to 10
Recommended Age To Read Together:
3 to 6
Age of child:
Read with and by a 9-year-old girl
Purchase Recommendation:
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.

Title The Cycling Wangdoos
Author Kelly Pulley
Publisher Frog Legs Ink © 2011
Illustrators Kelly Pulley
ISBN 9780982081211
Material Audio Book
Cost $16.95
Genres Humor, Sports, Asia | Asian People
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