________________ CM . . . . Volume IX Number 9 . . . . January 3, 2003

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Skateboarding in Action. (Sports in Action).

John Crossingham. Photographs by Marc Crabtree. Illustrations by Bonna Rouse.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0123-9 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0117-4 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Skateboarding-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

   
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Tennis in Action. (Sports in Action).

John Crossingham. Illustrations by Bonna Rouse.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0122-0 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0116-6 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Tennis-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

   
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Cycling in Action. (Sports in Action).

John Crossingham. Illustrations by Bonna Rouse.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0124-7 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0118-2 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Cycling-Juvenile literature.

Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

*** /4

   
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Snowboarding in Action. (Sports in Action).

John Crossingham. Illustrations by Bonna Rouse.
St. Catharines, ON: Crabtree, 2002.
32 pp., pbk. & cl., $7.16 (pbk.), $18.36 (cl.).
ISBN 0-7787-0125-5 (pbk.), ISBN 0-7787-0119-0 (cl.).

Subject Heading:
Snowboarding-Juvenile literature.


Grades 3-5 / Ages 8-10.

Review by Harriet Zaidman.

**** /4

   

excerpt:

Grip Tape

Grip tape is placed on the deck to keep shoes from slipping off the skateboard. The sticky side attaches to the deck. The rough side, which is like sandpaper, "grip" the soles of your shoes. (Skateboarding in Action, p. 7) Young children who imagine themselves as potential athletes will enjoy these well-presented manuals about popular sports. In each, they will find everything they need to know about individual sports, the equipment and rules, and about developing skills that make sports fun as well as good exercise.

These volumes form part of the “Sports in Action” series which includes 10 other books, several of which have been reviewed previously in CM (Volume VII No. 18 and Volume VIII, No. 9). The books are 32 pages in length and feature a mix of bright, action photographs and drawings on bright white paper. Two-page chapters listed in the “Contents” are organized in the same manner an athlete needs to build her/his understanding and skill in a sport. Within each chapter are subheadings with two or three sentences to explain the topic clearly and completely. Words particular to each sport are highlighted and defined in the glossary found at the end of the book, above an index. The pages are subtly decorated with backgrounds or icons that suit the sport.

     The writing style of the books is suitable for the target age group. It is direct, and children will be able to refine their tennis strokes or perfect their skateboarding tricks by reading the explanations and studying the pictures. The series does pay special attention to the issues of safety, but the writers are aware that the children want to perform at a high level, a situation which includes some risk. However, precise explanations may be a parent's only comfort.

Plant your hand

Handplants combine grace and strength. They are one-handed handstands on or near the ramp's coping. A backside handplant is shown right. As you reach the coping, lean down and plant your backside hand on the ramp. At the same time, grab the frontside of the board with your other hand. Throw your legs and the board up over your head and hold the position. Drop in by bringing your legs down and standing up. (Skateboarding in Action, p. 27)

     These books would make good gifts for children interested in particular sports. They will also be popular in children's libraries where the sports section is always well-used.

Highly Recommended.

Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.

 

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