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Children's LiteratureOn March 21, 1893, Senda Berenson, the PE teacher at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts, posted the following note on the gym door, "Notice: Gentlemen are not allowed in the gymnasium during basketball games." Thus began the beginning of a sport that today features national television contracts and huge arenas. Basketball has grown to include women's professional leagues as well as solid inter-collegiate play. However, in its infancy, women's basketball featured players dressed in bloomers wearing frilly blouses who were not really allowed to sweat. Now, women's basketball includes high flyers who are capable of drilling three point shots or dunking the ball. This evolution of a minor hobby into a significant sport is the subject of Sandra and Susan Steen's illustrated work. Written in a highly readable manner and featuring solid research, this is a fine work of sports history. In addition, Take It to the Hoop is a book that touches upon issues such as Title IX and broader concerns of sex equity in our society. This book will appeal to sports fans of both genders as well as readers interested in women's issues. 2003, Twenty-First Century Books, Ages 12 up.
— Greg M. Romaneck