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Children's LiteratureThis 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.