This is the fifth book in the series "Cheerleading" by Jen Jones, a former cheerleader and award winning cheerleading coach. Written for students ranging from grades three to nine, the nonfiction content is presented in clear, energetic language and provides practice with a variety of features to aid comprehension and develop skills for using indexes, glossaries, additional facts, and online resources. An introduction serves as an advanced organizer for the following three chapters, and the features mentioned above at the end of the book correspond well with the content. The author builds on the previous text through a more thorough discussion of the trust and cooperation it takes to have a successful cheerleading squad from year to year. A variety of team-building activities and games are detailed to welcome new cheerleaders and to build strong bonds amongst all of the squad members. Leadership roles and responsibilities on a squad are discussed, as are ways to recognize individual accomplishments and contributions to the team.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-7-Skills explains stretching exercises, stunts, and tumble lessons for beginners. Before going into more advanced techniques, the author notes that these moves should not be attempted without a coach or trained spotter present. Some of the more difficult exercises may be hard to understand due to a limited number of diagrams and/or photos. Squad gives tips for building team spirit and getting along as a group. There are suggestions for get-to-know-you games such as 20 questions, games to remember names, and fun activities such as going "cheer-o-ling" (like holiday caroling with songs turned into cheers). Sections on team leadership and selecting a captain are also included. Tryouts will aid the uninitiated in preparing for the big day. A list of expected skills is given, along with specific steps to take to be prepared, such as proper stretching, eating right, and performing motion drills. Much of this book is focused on mental readiness and what the judges will be looking for in addition to skill. Lively pastel graphics and color photographs depicting mostly teen and preteen girls are featured throughout. The simple terms and layout will appeal to younger grades, while the topic may appeal to those a bit older. John Crossingham's Cheerleading in Action (Crabtree, 2003) offers a more complete picture in one volume but if you are looking for simple, attractive, specialized works, these may do the trick.-DeAnn Tabuchi, San Anselmo Public Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.