________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 34 . . . . May 7, 2010

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Smash It Tennis. (Sports Starters).

Paul Challen.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.) $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3177-1 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3145-0 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Tennis-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-4 / Ages 7-9.

Review by Suzanne Pierson.

***½ /4

   
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Swing It Golf. (Sports Starters).

Paul Challen.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.) $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3179-5 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3147-4 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Golf-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-4 / Ages 7-9.

Review by Suzanne Pierson.

***½ /4

   
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Spin It Figure Skating. (Sports Starters).

Paul Challen.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.) $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3178-8 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3146-7 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Figure skating-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-4 / Ages 7-9.

Review by Suzanne Pierson.

***½ /4

   
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Flip It Gymnastics. (Sports Starters).

Paul Challen.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2010.
32 pp., pbk. & hc., $9.95 (pbk.) $20.76 (RLB.).
ISBN 978-0-7787-3176-4 (pbk.), ISBN 978-0-7787-3144-3 (RLB.).

Subject Heading:
Gymnastics-Juvenile literature.

Grades 2-4 / Ages 7-9.

Review by Suzanne Pierson.

***½ /4

excerpt:

What is golf?

Golf is an individual sport played outdoors on a large area called a golf course. A golfer uses equipment called clubs to hit a ball into a series of holes, or cups, in as few shots as possible. In golf, the area that surrounds each cup is also called a hole. A course is usually made up of 18 holes. Golfers try to avoid obstacles, such as water, sand, and trees. (From Swing It Golf.)


The four new books in this series, “Sports Starters,” present a good overview of gymnastics, tennis, figure skating, and golf. The information is well-chosen and attractively presented in a way that will capture the readers’ interest and motivate them to become involved in the activities.

     Each book also includes a table of contents, a summary page (Flip it up!, Smash it up! Swing it! Hit the ice!), a simple glossary and index.

     Beautifully illustrated with photographs on every page, the text is attractively placed on the page in a very reader-friendly presentation. Many of the photos show young people of different ages, ethnic origins, and gender in action. Also included are photos of at least one famous athlete in each of the sports.

     Each book opens with the topic “Gearing up” which includes a look at the equipment and clothing needed to participate in the sport.

Gearing up
Tennis players do not need a lot of equipment. Comfortable shoes that you can run around in are a must. It is also important to wear comfortable clothes, such as shorts or track pants, and a t-shirt.

On the ball
Tennis balls are specially made to have a good bounce. Players keep a few tennis balls on hand when they play. (From
Smash It Tennis.)


     Older readers may enjoy the play on words, such as Bar none! Ring it up, Horsing around, Vaulting for glory, Beam me up! (From Flip It Gymnastics) which are common in the headings.

     Each book also includes a section on how the score is kept in each sport. Tennis, figure skating and golf use the chapter heading “Keeping score.” Gymnastics uses the heading “Perfect tens!” referring to Nadia Comaneci’s achievement in 1976.

Gymnasts often talk about the “perfect 10.” That is because, for a long time, a score of 10 was the highest score possible in a gymnastics event. No gymnast had ever scored a perfect 10 in the Olympic Games until Nadia Comaneci of Romania did it in the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, Canada. (From Flip It Gymnastics.)


     Flip Iit Gymnastics introduces readers to gymnastics and looks at the different components of the sport for both boys and girls. Floor exercises, balance beams, parallel bars, rings, vaults, etc. are each illustrated with photos of young athletes in action. Photos of past and present stars of gymnastics as well as beginner gymnasts show readers that everyone can participate.

     Smash It Tennis looks at the simple equipment and somewhat complicated rules and terminology of one of the world’s most popular sports. Clear explanations of serves, volleys, backhand and forehand shots are illustrated by action photos of young tennis players. Labelled illustrations of the equipment, playing court, and positions for single and double matches will help beginners understand the rules. Photos of some current tennis stars demonstrate the sport at a professional level.

     Spin It Figure Skating introduces the reader to the jumps, manoeuvres, and techniques that form the basics of this sport, for beginners and competitive skaters. The text and photos illustrate how top skaters prepare for competition, including their equipment and colourful costumes, and how they are judged.

     Swing It Golf highlights the equipment, rules, techniques and history of this very popular sport. Terms such as par, birdie, eagle, and mulligan are explained. Photos show young people demonstrating different aspects of the sport. Like the other volumes of this series, this book also includes a look at some of the greatest athletes who have played this game.

     Whether purchased separately or as a series, these books will be an excellent addition to libraries looking for clear information on these sports, presented in text and photos for a young audience.

Highly Recommended.

Suzanne Pierson, a retired teacher-librarian, is currently instructing Librarianship courses at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON.

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