Pedal It!: How Bicycles are Changing the WorldPedal It!

By author: Michelle Mulder

ISBN: 9781459802193
Pub Date: May 01, 2013
Pages: 48
Price: $19.95
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ISBN: 9781459812154
Pub Date: February 09, 2016
Pages: 48
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Pedal It! celebrates the humble bicycle—from the very first boneshakers to the sleek racing bikes of today, from handlebars to spokes to gear sprockets—and shows you why and how bikes can make the world a better place. Not only can bikes be used to power computers and generators, they can also reduce pollution, promote wellness and get a package across a crowded city—fast! Informative but not didactic, Pedal It! encourages young readers to be part of the joy of cycling.

October 15, 2014: Michelle Mulder discusses Pedal It! with Gregor Craigie on CBC's "On the Island." Listen to the interview.

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2015 - Rocky Mountain Book Award nominee
2014 - Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award winner
2014 - Bank Street College of Education Best Children's Books of the Year
2014 - Hackmatack Children's Choice Award nominee
2013 - CCBC Best Books starred selection
2013 - OLA Best Bets
2013 - Resource Links "The Year's Best"


School Library Journal, July 2013
"Launches with a lively history of bicycles...Engagingly written...Filled with fun facts and well-captioned photos that provide alluring glimpses into different cultures and locales."

Booklist, June 1, 2013
"The quality of the color photographs is quite good...The book's international focus is valuable, and students will find material here that is both interesting and potentially useful for reports."

Library Media Connection, February 1, 2014
"Packed with facts, colorful photographs, and personal narratives from the author...which adds flavor and authenticity to the text."

Resource Links, June 1, 2013
"Visually appealing...This book would be a great addition to an elementary library as an excellent resource for students learning about the history of cycling and the benefits of using bicycles to man and the environment."

Christy's Houseful of Chaos blog, September 1, 2013
"Opens the door to so many interesting discussions...Filled with beautiful stories and pictures about life in various countries. Children will be amazed by how much a person can carry while bicycling!"

The International Educator, December 1, 2013
"This very cool tome for inquisitive children shares a brief history of the bicycle, with interesting facts...From Nepal to Kenya and many countries in between, bicycles are enabling people to run home-based businesses and give them pedal power!"

Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group, June 6, 2013
"An excellent book for upper elementary and middle school students...The book contains an excellent resource list and a very good index...I highly recommend this book for elementary and middle school libraries, although high school students may also enjoy reading it."

CM Magazine, April 5, 2013
"Mulder is a bike enthusiast who has written a hugely entertaining and informative nonfiction book about bicycles...Hang onto your handlebars! Pedal It! is a must-read for kids and adults alike."

Kirkus Reviews, March 27, 2013
"A bike's design is to get you from A to B, concedes Mulder, but it can also mix a smoothie, spin a centrifuge, grind grain and even change the world.

Mulder’s evolutionary survey of the bicycle is, like the subject in question, a piece of many parts: a cultural history, a course in mechanics, a soupçon of physics, a spotlight on economic class and a springboard for innovation. In a bouncy, friendly tone, she proceeds roughly chronologically, but has no hesitation to follow a thread or a whim, often in colorful boxed asides. The main narrative—an easygoing, fundamental examination of the bike’s impact on America’s history and the world today (without running too deep)—is shot through with archival and modern photographs. Some are just priceless, like the father and son riding penny-farthing bikes fit to their size. They range from stiletto-sharp photos of bread couriers balancing huge trays of loaves on their heads to a salesman whose bike is festooned with plastic bags full of water and goldfish. Mulder twines the mechanics of bicycles with cultural phenomenon, the environmental benefits of cycling and even the change in women’s fashions. It publishes simultaneously with Nikki Tate’s Down to Earth: How Kids Help Feed the World as part of the Orca Footprints series.

A smart, tangy history of our two-wheeled friend."