Jake Burton Carpenter and the Snowboardby Michael O'Hearn, Ron Frenz, Charles Barnett
Tells the story of Jake Burton Carpenter and the evolution of the snowboard and the sport of snowboarding. Written in graphic-novel format.
Children's Literature - Anita Barnes LowenJake Burton Carpenter did not invent the snowboard. No one knows who did, but in 1968, Carpenter tried out the latest winter crazea Snurfer he had bought at a toy store. The Snurfer, originally two skis bound together, had been around for years, but there were drawbacks and Carpenter thought with a couple of tweaks, the board could be even better. Over the years, Carpenter worked to modify and improve the board and to create a market for his product. Ultimately Carpenter's years of hard work and determination paid off. Today snowboarding is a popular winter sport and one that is allowed at almost all ski resorts. In 1998, snowboarding became an official Olympic sport at the winter games in Japan. From the "Inventions and Discovery" series, the graphic novel format makes for a fast and entertaining read and is likely to attract reluctant readers. Two pages of additional facts, a glossary, and a list of websites and books to learn more are included Reviewer: Anita Barnes Lowen
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