Miami Heat

Miami Heat

by Aaron Frisch

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
For the youngest fans, or anyone who craves basketball action photos, the "NBA Champions" revised series offers a lively gallery along with basic facts for basketball beginners. Starting with information about the team's hometown, a double spread shows an aerial shot of a Miami resort hotel on the Atlantic and a look from high in the stands at the floor of American Airlines Arena; a bit of Heat history is illustrated with a big color photo of famous coach Pat Riley surrounded by his players. Kids learn that the Heat began playing in 1988, losing their first seventeen games. Each volume offers a list of team facts, mostly about NBA championships—the Heat finally won in 2006 (and 2012, though not mentioned). Other pages feature easy-to-read text on panels dividing two dramatic color shots or with a wide close-up focusing on star players like the legendary Shaquille O'Neal, Rony Seikaly, and point guard Tim Hardaway. Speedy Dwyane Wade (still playing) and a tattooed Michael Beasley (now with the Phoenix Suns) get pictures of their own as top players with the Heat. A newer star, formidable forward LeBron James (NBA Best Player in 2009 and 2010), is shown in his red and black Heat uniform driving toward the basket. From the poster-yellow endpapers to a final page with an index and a glossary of terms like drive, rookie, and versatile, young basketball fanatics can enjoy this action-filled introduction to the Heat, the book's sharp design, and the excellent sports photography. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—Adrenaline-filled action shots make this series visually appealing, but the texts do not live up to the covers or the interior photos. This set is essentially a repackaging of the publisher's 2008 series of the same name. The information has been slightly expanded, but it is presented in a disjointed way. While the tables of contents list chapter names, there are no corresponding chapter headings in the main body of the texts to indicate a shift in subject matter, so readers are left confused as they abruptly go from reading about the Celtics' 2008 championship on one page to learning about early stars Bob Cousy and Bill Russell on the following spread. The color and black-and-white photos cannot make up for the lack of organization.

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Creative Company, The
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Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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