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Basketball Buddies (Hello Reader! Series)
     

Basketball Buddies (Hello Reader! Series)

by Jean Marzollo, Dan Marzollo, True Kelley (Illustrator)
 

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Being the tallest kid on the basketball team makes Paul feel awkward and clumsy. But with help from his teammates, Paul learns to focus on what's important--and even earns the Most Improved Player award at the big game.

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Being the tallest kid on the basketball team makes Paul feel awkward and clumsy. But with help from his teammates, Paul learns to focus on what's important--and even earns the Most Improved Player award at the big game.

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Children's Literature - Carolyn Mott Ford
This "Hello Reader" book takes advantage of the high interest kids show in sports to encourage them to read. The sentences are short and simple, the vocabulary is tested and a "Family Members" page offers suggestions for helping youngsters to improve their reading skills. Every page is illustrated to offer clues to the beginning readers. Paul is on the basketball team, but his shots bounce off the rim or fly over the backboard and he is an awkward dribbler. His teammates call him, "Too Tall Paul." Paul dreams of shrinking, but in the morning he is still too tall. The coach has Paul arrive early for practice. To his surprise, the whole team is already on the floor. They work with Paul, trying to help him avoid fouls. They even call out "Too Tall Paul" so he will get used to the nickname and not be distracted by it. When Paul goes to sleep he doesn't dream of shrinking, he dreams of being one of the tallest basketball players in the world. The next day Paul's team wins the game and trophies are handed out. Paul wins The Most Improved Player Award and now he likes being called "Too Tall Paul."
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Fumbling, fouling, and always being teased, Paul is having a miserable time on the basketball team. When the coach calls him in for extra practice, the whole team shows up to lend their support, and Paul learns that he can "...grab rebounds, block shots, and sometimes make a basket" while thinking "all ball." With those simple reminders in place, and a bit of extra practice for all of the players, the team makes a good showing at the finals, and Paul gets a trophy for Most Improved Player. Everything is right about this easy reader-the simple yet realistic illustrations add color to each page and depict a female referee, an African-American male coach, and ethnically diverse teams of boys and girls. There are no losers, no miracle cures, just good sportsmanship and honest practice.-Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780590384018
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1998
Series:
Hello Reader Level 3 Series
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.95(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile:
240L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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