Gr 1-3-No-nonsense, factual introductions to internationally popular sports. The author presents each sport in its own volume, with large print text and a limited number of words per page. She gives a succinct, historical glimpse of each sport, including the location and peculiarities of the early days, describing a number of famous athletes, rules, and equipment in a readable format. Details of early Olympic medal winners are mentioned, along with a description of each sport's championship or cherished prize. Each book's embedded history lessons lend themselves nicely to an extension of the reading. They also describe the role of both male and female athletes in the development and expansion of the different sports. The visual layout includes archival b&w photographs, more recent color photographs, drawings, and computer-generated graphs and charts. Many of the photos have captions, and there are numerous factoids, emphasized appropriately with colorful text boxes. A few Spanish mistakes are easily overlooked by the well-organized format of each book. These manageable, informative readers include resource pages listing web-based extension activities. Overall, fine choices for elementary and public library collections and bookstores.
Paul M. Kienlen, Northside ISD Bilingual/ESL Department, San Antonio, TX Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.