________________ CM . . . . Volume XV Number 20 . . . . May 29, 2009

cover Martial Arts Legends. (Crabtree Contact).

Clive Gifford.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2009.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $10.95 (pbk.), $20.76 (RLB).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3798-8 (pbk.),
ISBN 978-0-7787-3776-6 (RLB).

Subject Headings:
Martial artists-Juvenile literature.
Martial arts-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3 and up / Ages 8 and up.

Review by Dana L. Coates.

*** ½ /4

excerpt:

Martial arts were developed to be used in battle.

Most marital arts are types of hand-to-hand fighting with weapons.

Some martial arts are over 3,000 years old. Many were developed in Asia.

Martial Arts Legends is a fast paced, action packed book, just like martial arts, especially when it comes to Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee’s martial arts moves were so fast that slow motion cameras had to be used to record his moves for movies. Other famous people in this book include Jackie Chan and Chuck Norris. Many others are included but may not be as well-known to readers.

    The book has interesting facts to read about. Readers can learn the origin of martial arts – who started up the different ones and their uses – as well as record breakers and true legends. For example, Bruce Lee was able to puncture a drink can with his fingers. This is definitely a true legend. Readers can find out more cool facts throughout the book.

    Martial Arts Legends is a well organized book. To start, there is a table of contents. Then each page is labeled with headings and/or sub headings. Bright colours and clear photographs make the pages stand out. Most photographs are pictures of people performing their moves. Near the end of the book, there is a glossary, followed by a list of some martial arts websites that have been reviewed by the editors. It is noted that they cannot guarantee the contents of the sites will still be suitable for children later on because websites can change. Last, there is an index.

    Children and even adults would enjoy reading Martial Arts Legends. However, younger audiences may have difficulty reading some of the martial arts words or names of people. An important aspect to remember after reading the book is that all martial arts may be different, but they have six things in common: accuracy, discipline, inner calm, practice, respect, and restraint.

Recommended.

Dana L. Coates is a grade 6 teacher in Norway House, MB.

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