Hoops

Hoops

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by Robert Burleigh, Stephen T. Johnson
     
 

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Poetry comes alive on the basketball court. Feel the rough roundness of the ball. Celebrate the soaring freedom of the dunk. Savor the moment when all eyes focus on the long three-pointer.
In dynamic words and pictures, award-winning author Robert Burleigh and Caldecott Honor-artist Stephen T. Johnson capture the energy and passion that electrifies every moment

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Poetry comes alive on the basketball court. Feel the rough roundness of the ball. Celebrate the soaring freedom of the dunk. Savor the moment when all eyes focus on the long three-pointer.
In dynamic words and pictures, award-winning author Robert Burleigh and Caldecott Honor-artist Stephen T. Johnson capture the energy and passion that electrifies every moment in a game of hoops.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“An involving experience.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Sensuous.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A spellbinding book.”—The Boston Globe
Publishers Weekly
In a starred review PW said, "Anyone who has played basketball on a hot city playground or followed it courtside will respond to the sensuous, tactile tone of this poetic description of the game. Marvelous pastel drawings of teenagers on the court paired with the book's design turn up the heat." Ages 5-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The pastel images of these basketball players are magnificent. You can feel the game, the power of the girl as she drives to the basket, and the strength and skill of the other players as they dribble, twist, turn and leap in this fast moving pickup game. The words in white are inset in black frames and should be read aloud, because they echo what one sees in the pictures. You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this book, but sports fans are sure to like it. It would also serve as a good choice for the reluctant reader or as an introduction to poetic text.
School Library Journal
Gr 2 UpA handful of kids, a neighborhood court, and a ball are the elements that spring explosively to life in this ode to the game that captures the energy, the elation, the sheer poetry of basketball. (Nov. 1997)
Kirkus Reviews
Clumsy writing mars this otherwise breathless, evocative tribute to top-speed playground b-ball. Johnson demonstrates his brilliant technical versatility, switching from the photo- realistic stills of Alphabet City (1995) to dramatically swirling scenes, done with pastels, of older teens seen through burning orange light against sketchy backgrounds, gracefully leaping, twisting, or crouching in watchful anticipation as the ball circles the stringless hoop. The visual excitement outstrips the accompanying poem; Burleigh (Flight, 1991, etc.), when not employing Nike-style ad copy ("Hoops./The game./Feel it,") descends into confusing abstractions and poorly chosen imagery—"The ball/The way it answers whenever you call./The never-stop back and forth flow, like tides going in, going out." The attempt to capture the game in words is certainly in earnest; the outstanding art merits better.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152163808
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/28/2001
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
395,873
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.15(d)
Lexile:
AD260L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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From the Publisher
“An involving experience.”—Booklist
“Sensuous.”—Publishers Weekly
“A spellbinding book.”—The Boston Globe

Meet the Author

Robert Burleigh is the author of many books for children including Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh, which won the Orbus Pictus award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.

STEPHEN T. JOHNSON has illustrated many books for children, including two by Robert Burleigh: Goal and Hoops, an ALA Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. He lives in Kansas.

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Hoops 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Beautful, warm illustrations depict ethnically diverse people. The language is reminicent of jazz with its sing-song quality and short sentences that sound slow and rounded. Great book for students working on fluency who read too fast!