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Children's LiteratureBrief, 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.