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Karate Hour

Karate Hour

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by Carol Nevius, Bill Thomson (Illustrator), Luke Daniels (Read by)

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A dynamic celebration of the martial arts


A dynamic celebration of the martial arts

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This rhyming picture book eloquently reveals an hour of Karate class for young children. The dramatic illustrations provide the perfect bold statements for the narrative and also convey the essence of this sport, in the creeds of respect for others and respect for oneself. "We stretch our legs, improve our split, for crescent kicks and to be fit." The graceful cadence of the text will be enjoyed by young listeners and readers. The illustrations portray children of many different shapes, sizes and cultures, including a disabled child with a walker. The text also reveals a sense of community. The author's note provides interesting information on the sport's origins, traditional clothes and the meanings of the various belt colors. A beautiful spread reveals the different belts hanging on pegs in order of their importance. The rules of karate are portrayed in a poster. The book is a work of beauty and skill and is a wonderful addition to any elementary school library, classroom or home. 2004, Marshall Cavendish, Ages 4 to 8.
—Sue Reichard
Kirkus Reviews
Viewers will definitely feel like participants in this visit to a children's karate class. Using a palette of creams and grays against dark backgrounds (with color accents provided by variously colored belts), and lighting and low angles that give his close-up, photographically realistic figures a monumental look, Thomson depicts students warming up, practicing strikes and kicks, engaging in some light sparring, then lining up for a closing ritual. In her rhymed commentary and closing note, Nevius briefly describes what's going on-"We energize. Our muscles flex. / We raise our arms, protect our necks"-while introducing rudiments of karate's history and "aims to finish what someone else starts" philosophy. Despite the elaborate illustrations, this offers a more superficial view of karate's inner workings than Anne Rockwell's Chip and the Karate Kick (p. 447), but nonetheless makes an adequate first introduction for prospective karate-kas. (Picture book/nonfiction. 7-9)

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Amazon Childrens Publishing
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Product dimensions:
8.95(w) x 11.72(h) x 0.15(d)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

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Karate Hour 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Karate Hour beautifully describes what it feels like to paticipate in Martial Arts. Photo-realistic illustrations invite the reader into the class filled with children at their best. Simple and meaningful verse describe the essentials enjoyed by karate participants all over the country.