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Children's LiteratureIn the winter of 1891 Dr. James Naismith was in a quandary. He had to come up with a gym activity that was original and could be played indoors. Dr. Naismith tacked up some peach baskets and had players on opposing teams attempt to lob balls into them. Thus began a sport that was to achieve vast international popularity. Basketball remains a major sport that draws thousands of fans to watch key games. Played with athleticism that could only have been dreamed of in Dr. Naismith's time, basketball is a sport featuring speed, teamwork, and power. In Basketball for Fun writer Brian Eule provides youngsters with an introduction to this fast paced sport. Eule traces the history of the sport, addresses fundamental skills, examines basic rules, and talks about some of the leading lights of the sport. Written in an approachable manner and copiously illustrated, this work is part of a larger series entitled "Sports for Fun." By reading this solid introductory text, readers will have a basic understanding of basketball and the men and women who play it. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
— Greg M. Romaneck