Cold wind whipping against your face. Bright blue skies and the beauty of a mountain landscape surround you. Speed and control come together in a dance of finesse and power. This is the sport of skiing. Anyone who has ever been able to ride a ski lift to the top of a mountain then, in one long run slide down, knows the passion skiing can engender. John Crossingham and Bobbie Kalman introduce young readers to this adventurous sport. For thousands of years Scandinavian people used skis to travel during the winter. Eventually some found that skiing down a slope is invigorating and fun. As the authors demonstrate, this led to what has become a huge industry within Europe and the United States. A volume of the "Sport in Action," series, Crossingham and Kalman provide an enticing mix of skiing descriptions and sporting event explanations with details such as proper equipment and training. Photographs and illustrations add to the involved text. Information windows are interspersed throughout, adding to the wealth of information provided. A glossary and index are included in the back of the book, making this a good addition to any school or public library collection.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5-In a clear and factual manner, these books introduce the sports but not their history. Beginners are shown the essential moves and/or equipment, the facilities, warm-up exercises, and various events within each sport. Large, colorful photographs and drawings on every page clarify the easy-to-read texts. Some show famous athletes. Vocabulary terms are printed in bold type but not always defined in context or in the glossaries. Generally, the form depicted in illustrations is good. While similar to Martin Heckelman's The New Guide to Skiing (Norton, 2000) and Gerald A. Carr's Fundamentals of Track and Field (Human Kinetics, 1999), these titles are attractive, well organized, and intended for novices.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.