Sportsmanship

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Children's Literature
Sportsmanship is one of 18 in a series about "Character Education" developed by the author in consultation with a noted professor who promotes character education nationally. These short, colorful books are designed to be used by and for early elementary students. Once reserved for families and churches, the responsibility for character education has been squarely placed on public and private education. It is not without controversy. This book about sportsmanship defines the term in various settings, such as sportsmanship at home, at school, and with your friends, and then personifies it by giving an example of a human being that has exhibited these qualities. As each facet of sportsmanship is defined on a page, a small area at the bottom of the page gives hints about how to practice the quality, for instance, how to congratulate someone who has done a good job. The short book goes on to provide a hands-on activity, a glossary of terms, an index and resources for further study. Full-page color photos enhance the book's meaning. Perfect for classroom or club study.
—Meredith Kiger
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-These simple books define the title word; provide examples of the trait; and tell how to practice it at home, in school, and in the community. Full-page color photos depict children of various ethnicities, and some have disabilities. One spread in each title is devoted to a famous person-for example, Olympic medalist Wilma Rudolph in Sportsmanship. Words that may be new to readers are defined on the bottom of the page, and a few others are found in a short glossary. Each book includes a hands-on activity. Some students might read these titles on their own, but it is more likely that counselors and teachers will use them as a way to promote the characteristics.-Sandra Welzenbach, Villarreal Elementary School, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
01/01/2014
Gr 2–4—Written with clarity, these slender volumes all begin by defining their specific topics and then offer many concrete examples of children exhibiting the featured behavioral characteristic on a personal level and then within the context of a wider population. Bullying describes how bullies hurt others and ways to stop them, but this book is more limited than Addy Ferguson's Are You a Bully?, which includes reasons people might behave as bullies. Citizenship examines good citizenship but does not distinguish between a native-born citizen and a naturalized citizen, as Leslie Harper does in What Is Citizenship? (both Rosen, 2013). Respect details how children can show respect; however, Cynthia A. Klingel's Respect (The Child's World, 2008) goes further by organizing ways of respecting into precise categories. Responsibility discusses individual as well as community responsibility, while Sportsmanship, in comparison to Kelly Doudna's Play Fair! (ABDO, 2007), is targeted to an older primary level audience. Consistent in layout, Raatma's books all have large, captioned color photos of active children. These photos, paired one per page opposite the dry narratives, showcase other examples of the character traits not always mentioned in the corresponding texts. Related questions and recommended activities invite children's responses to the material. These titles offer acceptable basic material for primary-level character-education lessons and provide educators with specific applicable questions and activities to augment them.—Lynn Vanca, Freelance Librarian, Akron, OH
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