Parents' Guide to

Good Sports

By Dawn Friedman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Great pics elevate poems for sports lovers.

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You don't have to love poetry to love this rollicking collection of sports poems. Kids who may think poetry is a pretty stodgy art form best left to their elders get a chance to see all that words can do. Kids will identify with the athletes, including star players and those who are just happy to be playing -- like the swimmer who swims "like a fish / That's been sick for a spell." These are kids who play for the love of the game and their enthusiasm, caught in Jack Prelutsky's adept rhymes, will inspire the same in readers.

Chris Raschka's watercolor-and-ink illustrations loop, leap, and fly about with his signature high-energy style. He does a remarkable job of creating vibrancy and action in a static medium and it's his pictures that make the book stand out.

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