Good Sports

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Great pics elevate poems for sports lovers.





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Parents need to know that there's nothing offensive in this bouncy, personable collection of poems.

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What's the story?

This collection of poems captures the thrill, fun, and even the boredom of various sports.

Is it any good?


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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  • Families can talk about action words. They can collect the verbs in the book and use them to describe their own favorite exercise activities. Or they can act them out. Duck, dodge, slip, twist -- how does it feel to do them? Do the poems capture the action of real sports play? Then families can use those verbs to create their own poems, or they can get out art supplies and draw the actions.

Book details

Author:Jack Prelutsky
Illustrator:Chris Raschka
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Book type:Non-Fiction
Publication date:March 13, 2007
Number of pages:40
Publisher's recommended age(s):4 - 7
Read aloud:4
Read alone:8

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