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Children's LiteratureFrom soccer to yoga to hula hoops, finding an exercise you like can help keep you healthy. Basics on how and why exercise is important to short-term and long-term health are discussed. Though much is directed to what happens to adults when they don't exercise or eat right, the discussion also includes the importance for children. The author does an excellent job of making exercise seem more like play and less like work. Just getting out there and moving is what the body needs. The right amount of terms are introduced for this age level. However, medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke and heart disease are mentioned a few times as key reasons to exercise, but never defined. A reader unaware of these definitions might miss the whole purpose of exercising. A short list of question-and-answers and fact list provide additional information. The text sometimes takes on a motherly, lecturing tone. The layout is easy-on-the-eye. The book includes many interesting colorful photographs of younger children of various ethnicities. Though the publisher suggests this book is for students as old as 13, the language level, tone and the photographs (representing mostly younger children) may not appeal to 12- and 13-year-olds. This book would be helpful for student reports or for teachers or parents introducing health topics. Part of the "Living Well Series." 2004, The Child's World, Ages 8 to 13.
— Ruth Buchholz