Getting into the Game explores the history of sports in North America--from Native American ball games and colonial skating parties, to today's exciting sports world.
VOYA - Susan DunnWith the American Basketball League opening its second season this month and the introductory games of the Women's National Basketball Association having been played in June, women's sports are in the news more than ever. This title provides an excellent overview of the general history of sports for women. From a discussion about the "weaker sex" who, it was believed, would not be able to keep up with their household duties if they tired themselves out with vigorous physical exercise, Greenberg moves through the invention of basketball in 1891 (if played properly, women could avoid physical strain), to tennis and golf in the 1900 Olympics in Paris (the first in which women were allowed to compete), to the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League played from 1943 to 1954. Black-and-white photos and illustrations, particularly of early athletes and events, add to historical content. A chapter is devoted to Title I of the 1972 Education Act, which for the first time required schools across the United States to offer equal opportunities for girls in sports programs. The author includes brief biographical summaries of a number of famous women athletes, including Babe Didrikson Zaharias, Althea Gibson, Wilma Rudolph, and Peggy Fleming, as well as more current stars such as Martina Navratilova, Nancy Kerrigan, and Rebecca Lobo. The book concludes with a chapter about opportunities for young women interested in sports as players, athletic trainers, coaches, sportscasters, and other types of professionals. This is a good general introduction to the subject of women and sports. Because the author tries to touch on every sport, no one is covered with any great detail, so teens looking for more specifics may have to search further. Of note is a section titled "for more information" at the back of the book, which includes not only a bibliography of mostly non-fiction titles, but several Internet resources. Now would be a good time to create a display in your library centered around this topic. Make sure to include this book as well as two other excellent titles: Joan Ryan's Little Girls in Pretty Boxes: The Making and Breaking of Elite Gymnasts and Figure Skaters (Doubleday, 1995/VOYA October 1995) and Winning Ways: A Photohistory of American Women in Sports by Sue Macy (Henry Holt, 1996/VOYA October 1996). Index. Illus. Photos. Biblio. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Middle School-defined as grades 6 to 8, Junior High-defined as grades 7 to 9 and Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 9 UpGreenberg explores women's involvemnt in sports in the context of their roles in society at large. For example, she looks at how bicycling gave women physical freedom to travel at a time when many were also gaining greater freedoms in education and professional choices. The book also recounts the histories of many popular sports. These stories feature many fascinating tidbits: e.g., soon after it was invented, "women's basketball caught on so quickly that basketball came to be considered a game only for girls, and sometimes boys refused to play it." Profiles of female athletes include historical figures such as Babe Didrikson and Althea Gibson as well as modern champions such as surfer Lisa Anderson and Olympic skier Picabo Street. Much of the above information is covered in Sue Macy's Winning Ways (Holt, 1996), which is more appealingly presented, but Greenberg goes beyond that book's scope to include discussion of current events and areas of concern (eating disorders, steroid use) in the world of sports. She also mentions the Special Olympics and career opportunities in athletics and related fields. Average-quality, black-and-white action photos accompany the text.Rebecca O'Connell, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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