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The Pinky Ball Book & the Pinky Ball
     

The Pinky Ball Book & the Pinky Ball

by Dina Anastasio, Matthew Fox (Illustrator), Louis Wallach (Illustrator), Matthew Fox (Illustrator), Louis Wallach (Photographer)
 

THE BALL OF LEGEND

THE PINKY, THE PASSION, THE LINGO, THE GAMES--LOTS OF GAMES

Master the toss, slap, spin, and punch. Learn a few trick shots. (But no spitballs in a real game, please!) Say "roofer," "chops," and "scroogie" with confidence. Take on a wall, a friend--the whole neighborhood. Hot Potato! Mimsy. Handball. Oh, yeah, you're on the ball.

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THE BALL OF LEGEND

THE PINKY, THE PASSION, THE LINGO, THE GAMES--LOTS OF GAMES

Master the toss, slap, spin, and punch. Learn a few trick shots. (But no spitballs in a real game, please!) Say "roofer," "chops," and "scroogie" with confidence. Take on a wall, a friend--the whole neighborhood. Hot Potato! Mimsy. Handball. Oh, yeah, you're on the ball.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Children's Literature
A Pinky Ball is the rubber interior of a tennis ball, and was originally introduced to kids in the 1940s as rejects from tennis ball factories. They became quite popular as kids enjoyed creating games using these high-bouncing balls. The Pinky Ball Book includes a new Pinky Ball and a pocket-sized paperback book filled with facts and games about balls, and Pinky Balls in particular. There's an interesting history of the origins of ball playing and making, a chapter about all the lingo that goes with ball playing, basic ball skills and rules, and five chapters describing ball games to play with yourself or with friends. The author has included an index of all games and the word 'ball' in twenty languages. Black-and-white photos and drawings accompany the text. A perfect birthday party gift for male or female. 2000, Workman Publishing, Ages 5 to 10, $9.95. Reviewer: Meredith Kiger—Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761119777
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2000
Series:
Classic Games Series
Edition description:
BOOK & TOY
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.94(w) x 7.36(h) x 2.13(d)
Age Range:
5 - 12 Years

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from Chapter 4...

Bouncing Around

Bouncing a ball is a great way to pass the time, and it can be really fun if you add tricks and tests to challenge yourself. The first game in this chapter will give you some ideas for different wacky challenges.

Most of the games in this section feature chants and rhymes to recite while you bounce, which is another way to add fun. You can use these chants when you're by yourself, or take turns with a friend. Some of the chants are good with leg-over bouncing games, and some work well with action games.

Try the chants included here, but feel free to change them or make up your own rhymes. When you're inventing your own chants from scratch, begin with words that are easy to rhyme. Or start by rhyming words with numbers. Or start by rhyming words with numbers. For example, you might say "One, two, at the zoo; three, four, at the door; five, six, pizza mix; seven, eight, the train's a freight; nine, ten, let's start again.

I Can Do That!

This is a game to play by yourself or with others. Test yourself, then practice, and try again to see how much you've improved. Try these tasks alone, then compete against your friends. Then think up some more ways to test yourself.

Players: One or more

Supplies: Pinky Ball

Object of the Game: To see how good you are at certain tasks.

1. How high can you bounce the ball and still catch it?

2. How many times can you bounce the ball on the ground without stopping?

3. How many times can you bounce the ball off a wall without missing your catch?

4. Bounce the ball. How many times can you clap before the ball comes back to you?

5. Bounce it again. How many times can you spin around before the ball comes back to you?

6. Keep bouncing. How many times can you touch your toes on one bounce?

7. Can you count to ten on one bounce? Can you count higher than ten?

8. Can you throw your leg over the ball as you bounce it?

9. Can you bounce the ball with one hand and catch it with the other?

10. Bounce the ball off the ground or a wall. Can you catch it with your eyes closed?

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