The Fastest Game on Two Feet: And Other Poems About How Sports Began

The Fastest Game on Two Feet: And Other Poems About How Sports Began




Have you ever wondered how your favorite sport began? Basketball got its start when a physical education instructor invented a new game for bored students. The original soccer ball might have been a skull! The history of other sports is just as surprising--bowling was part of an early religious ritual; lacrosse games used to stretch for miles and last for days; and the king of France once outlawed tennis because it was a gambling game!Alice Low's witty poems, vividly ilustrated by John O'Brien's uproarious cartoons, hit a true home run for readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780823419050
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication date: 09/15/2009
Pages: 40
Product dimensions: 10.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 6 - 9 Years

About the Author

John O'Brien is a cartoonist whose work appears in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and other publications. He is the creator of many children's picture books and the illustrator of many more, including Red, White, Blue, and Uncle Who? by Teresa Bateman. He lives in New Jersey.

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The Fastest Game on Two Feet and Other Poems about How Sports Began 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
kloupe1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This would be a very cute book fora physical education teacher to read to her younger students before they start playing and learning about organized sports. There are plenty of sports identified in this book, and before each sport, the teacher could read a poem to further catch the interest of the child. I really liked how this book put history into the poems of this book instead of just poems about playing sports; it really gives the book a whole different approachable side.
ktinney2315937 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fastest Game on Two Feet is just one of the poems in this book about how sports came to be what they are today. This is great to use to teach the history of different sports.