Famous Firsts: The Trendsetters, Groundbreakers, and Risk-Takers Who Got America Moving!by Natalie Rompella
What do snowboarding, BMX, water skiing, and cheerleading have in common? They are all activities that were invented by innovative Americans. Famous Firsts explores the evolution of several cool ways to get moving and profiles the groundbreakers who started it all. Features lingo, trivia, and facts about gear and safety, and photos of hot American athletes, including skateboard legends Tony Hawk, Tony Alva, and Alan "Ollie" Gelfand, BMX pros Mat Hoffman and Cory Coffey, skate and snowboard phenom Shaun White, and pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, all of whom talk about the unique ìfirstsî they accomplished in their sports.
Gr 3-7- This book is less about famous trendsetters and more about how a variety of extreme sports and games outside of the mainstream got started and developed. Featured in four-page chapters are surfing, cheerleading, sled-dog racing, water skiing, trampolining, flying discs (Frisbees), skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, and in-line skating. Interspersed with photos, trivia and lingo boxes, and a map showing a point of origin, the text describes each pastime's history and progress, equipment, key players, competitive events, and safety. A final section offers tips intended to inspire readers to create their own new sport or move. The layout and illustrations are attractive. The athletes highlighted include young people and women but few individuals from minority groups. The text is a bit jumpy, providing many tidbits without background or explanation, and the coverage of subtopics is often insufficient. However, the book does succeed as an overview of these activities. Avid fans will be looking for more, but casual readers will enjoy browsing through the pages.-Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
Meet the Author
"Author Natalie Rompella has always loved insects and once worked alongside cockroaches, walking sticks, and giant millipedes at The Notebaert Nature Museum in Chicago. Natalie teaches elementary school and lives in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois, and is also the author of Famous Firsts: The Trendsetters, Groundbreakers, and Risk-Takers Who Got America Moving!
The content of this book was evaluated by Zack Lemann, Staff Entomologist with Audubon Nature Institute, and Steve Sullivan, curator of the Chicago Academy of Sciences and The Notebaert Nature Museum."
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