Mike and the Bike [With CD] Hardcover – Jun 1 2005
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About the Author
Michael Ward is a Grammy Award-winning guitarist/ songwriter and passionate cyclist. Michael's love of cycling began in the early 90's when he started cycling around the country while on tour with bands including THE WALLFLOWERS, SCHOOL OF FISH and BEN HARPER AND THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS. Lance Armstrong encouraged Michael to share his love of cycling with children in a story. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
This year Ethan followed Lance Armstrong in the Tour de France. Midway through the race I purchased Mike and the Bike from Amazon. Ethan loved it!
He was able to imagine himself in Mike's place. The fun graphics and catchy audio CD had him reading and singing everyday. Mike and his Bike, is Ethan's hero now, his training wheels are off, and he is riding strong, just like Lance!
The author did a great job. Lance Armstrong's introduction made Ethan take pride in the book. Ethan got a real kick out of the fact that the same guy, Phil Liggett, who narrated the tour on OLN TV narrates the audio CD which follows the book.
If you are looking for a fun book on the spirit of cycling for younger boys and girls, this book is it.
I think the story is a bit too simple to hold his interest, and I wish it had been developed into a longer story that had more "meat" to it. It seems to me that "Mike and the Bike" is a story more geared for kids in the 3-5 age range. The CD reinforced my "younger kid" impression because the songs are sung by a child rather than an adult.
They enjoy the book and they REALLY enjoy the CD that comes with the book. The opening with Lance is great and the music that follows even has me bobbing my head.
Every bike ride since we pretend one of us is "Mike" and we sing some of the songs as we enjoy our ride together!
PEDAL POWER is the best!!
If you are looking for literature to challenge your kids this is not the book for you however if you are looking for a really cool/entertaining book you will love the book and CD. I know we do...Vive le Lance!!!