The fastest of the winter sports, skiing and its many disciplines is certainly exciting! Find out what makes this sport so thrilling. Learn about the various types of skiing and what you'll need to try it out.
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The fastest of the winter sports, skiing and its many disciplines is certainly exciting! Find out what makes this sport so thrilling. Learn about the various types of skiing and what you'll need to try it out.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Barbara L. Talcroft
Biathlon, mogul, slalom—what do they have in common? Skiing—as readers will discover in this neatly-produced addition to the “Winter Sports” series, featuring color action photos on every page. Catel begins with information on skiing’s origins from wooden skis attached at the toe to today’s foam and fiberglass equipment with bindings that secure the heel, allowing turns and jumps. Ancient warriors hunted and fought on skis; cross-country skiing was popularized in the 1890s by Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen. Today, competitive skiing consists of Alpine, Nordic, and Freestyle events. Alpine contenders ski downhill at top speed, thread gates in slalom races, and combine the two in the giant slalom event. Since 2010, there’s been an Olympic “supercombined.” (Croatia’s Janica Kostelic is Alpine’s top woman Olympic medal-winner.) Originating in Scandinavia, Nordic (or classic) skiing, is older than Alpine. Both men and women compete on special long, thin skis in mile-long cross-country races and relay teams. Especially exciting for spectators is ski jumping, while the biathlon imitates military patrols by combining cross-country with rifle shooting. (“Rocketman” Bjørn Daehlie from Norway holds the record for Olympic gold medals in Nordic events.) Most inventive is Freestyle, using short, curved skis with tighter turning ratios. Aerial skiing includes “kicker” jumps; mogul events involve navigating around large bumps in the snow. Modern Olympics include popular slopestyle and half-pipe contests, inspired by the Winter X-Games. Fans can watch competitors on TV during the Winter Olympics, World Championships, and the Ski World Cup, all regulated by the International Ski Federation (FIS), founded in 1924. Although the writing lacks flair, this compact volume would make a handy companion for Olympic watchers—readers can test their skiing knowledge with a short quiz. Included are a glossary and lists of books, websites, and outstanding skiing sites to visit. Reviewer: Barbara L. Talcroft; Ages 9 to 14.
School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—The colorful, appealing design will draw students to these fact-filled titles about popular winter sports. (Actually, curling's still gaining fans: though enjoyed by 1.2 million Canadians, only 16,000 people in the U.S. play). The books' tiny font is offset by attractive design elements, including the use of captions, highlighted information, and sidebars in bright colors. Dramatic color photos and a readable text cover important athletes, rules and gear, and instructions for both watching and/or participating in these sports. One noteworthy feature is mention of differently abled athletes and the ways in which they may participate in athletics such as sled hockey and the Paralympic games. All the volumes include a quiz, and Curling and Figure Skating offer topics for further research. Fact-filled and readable, these titles will be a hit with both sports browsers and research writers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781410954589
  • Publisher: Heinemann-Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/28/2013
  • Series: Winter Sports Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 986,379
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Catel has worked in children's publishing for over a dozen years. He has been involved in the publication of hundreds of titles on a wide range of topics. If it's winter and he's not working on books, he's probably hitting the slopes!
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