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Children's Literature
Did you know that footballs are called pigskins because originally the bladder of a pig was sewn inside the cowhide covering? Or that ball games resembling soccer have been around for 3,000 years? The Mayans and Aztecs played a scary version of the game in which the head of a player from the losing side was wrapped in rubber and became the ball for the next game. Ten chapters filled with quotes from sports greats, riddles, odd facts (Jacek Guzowski of Poland juggled a tennis ball with his feet for almost five and a half hours in 1999!), the inside scoop on how balls are made, vocabulary (otherwise known as "Ball Talk") and so much more. Every chapter begins with a full-page actual-size illustration of the ball being discussed; other pages are filled with photographs and humorous drawings. Who knew that there was so much to learn about balls? By the end of this book you should know all the ins and outs, but if not, the final pages list interesting books and websites where you can learn even more. Written for kids but a book that is fun for all ages. 2006, Darby Creek Publishing, Ages 9 to 12.
—Anita Barnes Lowen
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581960303
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/15/2006
  • Pages: 64
  • Age range: 9 - 11 Years
  • Lexile: 1100L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.64 (w) x 11.32 (h) x 0.45 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2006

    great mix of fun and fact, ROLLED into one

    A great mix of facts and fun. While offering a comprehensive and well researched overview of the actual balls used in soccer, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis, table tennis, football, and golf, Rosen manages to do two other crucial things: he choses just those facts that kids of all ages (and all interest levels) would find fascinating, AND he delivers the material in a lively, funny, quirky manner. The book includes equal parts archival photos and information diagrams (such as the composition of each ball) and witty illustrations by a great illustrator, John Margeson. (You can see 5 of his images that I've shared on this site.) Overall, it's a book not only for kids--or parents--who are nuts about sports, but also for kids who just love 'cool' information. I can't think of another book on sports that can include pangolins, puffball mushrooms, Ping Pong, astronaunt John Glenn, the New Year's Eve ball in Times Square...and so many other 'oddball' and entertaining facts. A great reference book, but also the sort of book kids would be eager to share with friends. I'd say for ages 8 to 14, easily. P.S. The book is 72 pages, and PACKED with information.

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