Children's Literature - Bonnie BruneauDo you like to play sports, get fit, or have fun in the gymnasium? You may find that you will enjoy doing cartwheels, jumping rope, or playing basketball or volleyball. Do you know about the science behind the exercise? Learn this and much more, including valuable information about safety, exercise wear, techniques for vaulting, strength training, bars, beams, flexibility, and games to play. Find out why you wobble when you walk or what causes a basketball to bounce. Colorful photographs and artwork ably present the science of sports, and ther is even a mini dictionary of sports terms at the back of the book. 1999 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 1-3-A hodgepodge of information. Gym looks at basic physical and biological concepts while demonstrating sports techniques used in gymnastics, exercise, and, to a lesser extent, gym games such as basketball and volleyball. Field does the same with a wider variety of sports including track and field, baseball, football, and even tug-of-war. Physics concepts such as friction, gravity, thrust, and tension are briefly explained in both titles. Biological examples of aerobics, balance, and the body's use of oxygen when involved in the various athletic endeavors are also discussed. Full-color photographs, drawings, or diagrams appear on almost every page. These books will have trouble finding an audience. Their appeal to young sports fans will be limited by the brevity of the information and the wide array of athletics that are covered. At best, these offerings could serve as additional purchases for larger collections.-Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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