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Children's LiteratureIn this interesting book in the Dorling Kindersley tradition, author Hammond does an excellent job writing about different sports. Using equipment details and brief historical facts, Hammond opens the door for many readers not only to the typical American sports, but to other, lesser-known, athletic pursuits. The photographs and diagrams included throughout the text help show the reader the sport. In fact, the pictures, etc. seem to dominate the book. For younger readers this can be acceptable but for older readers—even high interest readers—more explanation and detail is called for. One glaring error is that the cover shows four cyclists racing yet the sport of cycling is not covered in the book. The "Amazing Facts," and "Who's Who," sections add to the informational power of the book. While not a first choice for an introductory book to sports, this book would serve for a school or public library collection. 2005, Dorling Kindersley, Ages 10 to 18.
—John D. Orsborn