Football for Fun (Sports For Fun)

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Learn how to play your favorite sport or participate in your favorite activity in this exciting series from Compass Point Books. Each book in the For Fun series features bold, full-color photos, informative text, and all sorts of fun facts about your favorite pastime. A quick reference guide, timeline of important events, instructions on basic skills, biographies of notable people, glossary, and index are included.

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Overview

Learn how to play your favorite sport or participate in your favorite activity in this exciting series from Compass Point Books. Each book in the For Fun series features bold, full-color photos, informative text, and all sorts of fun facts about your favorite pastime. A quick reference guide, timeline of important events, instructions on basic skills, biographies of notable people, glossary, and index are included.

Describes the basic rules, skills, and important people and events in the sport of football.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
On 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
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-These three books describe the basic rules, skills, and important people in their respective sports. Each one includes a time line and an interesting array of trivia facts. Font size is large enough for beginning readers, yet the sentence structure and vocabulary clearly elucidate without talking down to the intended audience. Pages are attractively laid out with colorful photos across the spreads. However, despite a young person on each cover, the illustrations in Football and Baseball show a preponderance of older male players, from high schoolers to professionals. Update your sports sections with these winners.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756504304
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Series: For Fun Series
  • Edition description: Library Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Age range: 8 - 11 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Kenn Goin is a New York City writer and editor specializing in books for kids. He has worked for Macmillan, Golden Books, Scholastic, American Greetings and other publishers. While he usually writes about animals and science, he decided to pen this title to honor the long line of sports fans that he grew up with in Texas and New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Ground Rules
Introduction/Fall Is for Football! 4
Playing Field/On the Field 6
Players on the Field/Facing Off 8
Scoring/Touchdown! 10
Equipment/Get in Gear 12
Kicking Off/Start It Up! 14
The Offense/Down the Field 16
The Defense/Hold 'em Back! 18
Playing the Game
Plays/What's a Down? 20
Offensive Play/Moving the Ball 22
How to Throw a Spiral/Give It a Spin! 24
Special Teams/Something Special 26
How to Punt/Let's Kick It 28
Rules/Follow the Rules 30
Penalties/How to Lose Yards 32
Strategy/Think! 34
People, Places, and Fun
Professional Leagues/The Pros 36
Player Biographies/Legends 38
The Super Bowl/The Biggest Game 40
Football Timeline/What Happened When? 42
Trivia/Fun Football Facts 44
Quick Reference Guide/Football Words to Know 46
Glossary/Other Words to Know 47
Where to Learn More 47
Index 48
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