Good Sports (American Girl Library Series)

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Good Sports: Winning, Losing, and Everything in Between offers advice on how to be a strong athlete both mentally and physically. It gives tips on improving skills, playing against friends and boys, dealing with coaches and pushy parents, on losing with grace, and winning with pride. It also includes success strategies from pro athletes like Julie Foudy of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the WNBA's Nikki McCray, and champion skater Michelle Kwan, plus a comprehensive list of addresses and Web sites for sports ...
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Overview

Good Sports: Winning, Losing, and Everything in Between offers advice on how to be a strong athlete both mentally and physically. It gives tips on improving skills, playing against friends and boys, dealing with coaches and pushy parents, on losing with grace, and winning with pride. It also includes success strategies from pro athletes like Julie Foudy of the U.S. Women's Soccer Team, the WNBA's Nikki McCray, and champion skater Michelle Kwan, plus a comprehensive list of addresses and Web sites for sports associations so girls can get even more information about the sports they love.

Provides advice on being a great teammate, a good winner, and a gracious loser, as well as dealing with coaches and other aspects of playing sports.

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Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
The American Girl Library brings readers this thorough and easy to read book about the hows, whens, and whys of begin a good sport. Included in chapters with such titles as "Game Time" and "Go Team!" is very useful information about being a team player and handling tough situations and difficult teammates. There's information for readers who want to compete at the highest level of their performance potential as well as for readers who take their sports more casually. There's even good information here for boys--but chances are they'll not be game enough to read about it in this book. There are important messages about competition and team spirit here; as well as good, practical suggestions for handling difficult parent/coach/peer pressures. The cartoon illustrations are a light touch adding humor (but not much diversity) to the topic.
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Gr 3-8-Sound advice and encouraging thoughts about getting in shape, eating right, training, playing under adverse conditions, and boys as teammates and competitors fill this title. In addition, several well-known female athletes are featured, including soccer player Julie Foudy and basketball star Nikki McCray. Quotes from these individuals and children who play sports are sprinkled throughout the text. Quick quizzes help young readers determine what kind of athlete they are. The full-color photographs (many double-page) of women and girls in action and cartoon characters demonstrate points of sportsmanship and drills, and add touches of humor. Although there are other good titles on this subject, including John Bowman's Sportsmanship (Rosen, 1990) and Janet Riehecky's Good Sportsmanship (Children's, 1990; o.p.), none come close to the scope or entertainment value of Good Sports.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781562477479
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/1999
  • Series: American Girl Library Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Age range: 7 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Table of Contents

Warming Up: Sporty Girls of the Past, Safety Tips for Today 6
Go Team!: Teammates, Practice, and Coaches 16
Game Time: The Ups and Downs of Competition 32
Crunch Time: Taking Charge When the Going Gets Tough 50
Getting Serious: Competing with the Elite 68
Team Spirit!: Having Heart and Showing It 80
Sports Center: Learning More 88
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