Field Events in Action ( Sports in Action Series)

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Children's Literature
Brief, efficient text and captions define and describe track and field events in this title from the "Sports in Action" series. Stadium layout, equipment, and clothing requirements are detailed. Appropriately stressed are specific stretches and the essential need for warm-up exercises. After the general introduction, each track and field event is highlighted with rules and specific techniques for an athlete's success. Additional interesting facts are featured along with many of these event spotlights. For example, a long-jumper's age often exactly matches the number of steps in his/her "run-up," or approaching run. As conclusion, the decathlon, heptathlon, and pentathlon are thoroughly covered as the pinnacle of track and field achievement. Photographs and illustrations are clear and well matched to the text; they feature child, adult, male, and female athletes of diverse races. This title is just right for readers needing encyclopedic information about the unique sport of track and field. The series could also be utilized by physical education teachers interested in integrating literature into elementary or middle/junior high school gym classes. 2005, Crabtree Publishing Company, and Ages 7 to 13.
—Elaine Fultz
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In a clear and factual manner, these books introduce the sports but not their history. Beginners are shown the essential moves and/or equipment, the facilities, warm-up exercises, and various events within each sport. Large, colorful photographs and drawings on every page clarify the easy-to-read texts. Some show famous athletes. Vocabulary terms are printed in bold type but not always defined in context or in the glossaries. Generally, the form depicted in illustrations is good. While similar to Martin Heckelman's The New Guide to Skiing (Norton, 2000) and Gerald A. Carr's Fundamentals of Track and Field (Human Kinetics, 1999), these titles are attractive, well organized, and intended for novices.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778703600
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: Sports in Action Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 6 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.48 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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