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Children's LiteratureExciting color photographs of extreme waterskiers in action illustrate this easy-to-read introduction to the sport. After a useful introduction to the sport's history and equipment, the text covers basic waterskiing moves and then outlines extreme waterskiing maneuvers. However, it is not always easy to tell, either in the text or in the pictures, the difference between standard waterskiing tricks and more extreme skills. In addition, the text's sometimes wordy descriptions of particular spins or jumps does not quite make sense to readers unfamiliar with the terminology. A section on waterskiing safety is included; although this section notes that "all water-skiers must wear Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices," many of the skiers appearing in the book do not appear to be wearing life vests of any kind. A glossary, list of further readings, and addresses of skiing organizations are appended, as is a FactHound link to Internet sites. Part of the "Behind the Moves" series on extreme sports. 2004, Capstone Press, Ages 8 to 12.
— Norah Piehl