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Children's LiteratureOn Sunday afternoons in the fall millions of Americans tune their TV sets into a sport that includes speed, skill, and violence. That sport is professional football and it stands out as the most widely watched team activity in America. However, football is also played at many other levels. Colleges, high schools, and even youth leagues all are venues where the sport of football is played. A game of contact, strategy, and misdirection, football stands out in the pantheon of American games as one that has very broad appeal. One need only think of the National Football League's Super Bowl to realize not only the fan appeal but also the commercial interests inherent in this sport. Kenn Goin introduces football to youngsters in this portion of the multi-volume "Sports for Fun" series. Goin begins his work by presenting the history of football, then describes basic equipment, strategy, and rules in a manner that combines a readable text and numerous illustrations. In closing, he briefly describes some leading players of the game as well as resources for those readers wishing more information about the sport. Taken as a whole, the "Sports for Fun" series is a nice introduction to activities that appeal to youngsters. Mr. Goin's book fits into this excellent introductory series well and provides a solid entrance point for younger readers interested in learning more about one of America's most popular sports. 2004, Compass Point Books, Ages 8 to 10.
— Greg M. Romaneck