by Bob Woods

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Snowboarding started out as an X Game event in the late 1970's and became an Olympic sport in 1998. Today, the sport is popular at ski resorts throughout the world. This book introduces the sport, highlighting equipment, techniques, and tricks. Three things are needed to snowboard: a board, bindings, and boots. After that, the only other thing necessary is the "know how!" Simple directions are provided, but do not contain enough information. The reader is encouraged to "wipe out" instead of plowing into another skier. "Don't worry—everybody is wiping out!" This carefree approach to the sport continues throughout the book. Tricks are described and some safety rules are mentioned, but the mood of the text is to "have fun and get stoked!" Words from the glossary are in bold print in the text and a resource section and index are provided. Color photographs with small captions appear on every page. They depict action, challenge, and thrill, ingredients to inspire and excite even the most reluctant adventurer. This book is part of the "Extreme Sports" series. 2004, Gareth Stevens Publishing, Ages 6 to 10.
—Andrea Sears Andrews
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These introductory titles could drum up new fans and participants. Each book opens with an explanation of the sport and gives reasons why people enjoy it. The four chapters that follow cover background and development, equipment, technique, and stars and competitions. The excellent color photos are clear and exciting; many are close-ups. Readers should enjoy these appealing books, but libraries that have Allison Draper's Kayaking (Rosen, 2000), K. C. Kelley's Mountain Biking (Gareth Stevens, 2004), Constance Loizos's Skateboard! (National Geographic, 2002), and Morgan Hughes's Snowboarding (Rourke, 2004) may not need them unless there is heavy demand for these sports.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Child's World, Incorporated, The
Publication date:
Kids' Guides to Exteme Sports
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 9.84(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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