How to Improve at Skateboarding

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Children's Literature - Gina Hagler
Skateboarding teens interested in improving their skills will love How to Improve at Skateboarding. Making excellent use of a photo essay format, clear instructions are coupled with striking photos of teens demonstrating each step. In fact, the combination of text and photo is so well done that a teen could use them to master the moves shown in this book. And this book covers it all. Everything from detailed views of the equipment and a thorough discussion of different types of terrain, to what you should do to warm up and what sort of protective gear is ideal. The skills covered progress from basic push offs and turns, through slips and slides, and on to grinds and kickflips. There is a section about good nutrition and why it matters to a skateboarding athlete, as well as suggestions for foods and equipment to bring along to the skatepark. Injuries and their treatment, a peek at how the pros do things, a glossary, and an index finish up this book. How to Improve at Skateboarding is part of the "How to Improve at —" series. Reviewer: Gina Hagler
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8–These titles offer a great deal of detailed information. Both have solid introductions that provide some background on the sports and descriptions of the equipment and skills needed to begin. The majority of the content consists of clear, step-by-step color photos and directions for performing various movements. However, Gymnastics has a busy layout that readers might find overwhelming or confusing. No mention is made of safety or of using a “spotter,” and only two photos show a coach helping with a move. The section on scoring in competitions is incomplete. Skateboarding is the better of the two. One page is dedicated to using helmets and pads and another discusses how to handle injuries. Horsley frequently mentions the necessity of performing tricks with friends so that help can be summoned quickly in case of injury. Unfortunately, all of the photos feature boys. Because the titles include difficult and highly technical moves that are unlikely to be learned from books, they will work only as supplements to lessons or as review materials.–Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778735755
  • Publisher: Crabtree Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/15/2009
  • Series: How to Improve at..., #10
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 1,499,289
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: IG840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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