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. Volume XIII Number 18 . . . . April 27, 2007
Children want to understand the mechanics and demands of sporting activities as they try to imagine what they, themselves, might possibly accomplish. Sporting books are always popular, especially those with bright pictures and carefully-drawn diagrams. The awareness created by the televising of mega-events such as the Olympics and championship curling encourages even more interest.
For the Love of Field Hockey and For the Love of Curling discuss the history, rules and personalities of two sports that are accessible to most people, although curling is more expensive because of the cost to rent ice time. Nevertheless, both sports are excellent group activities that contribute toward developing a positive social outlook and a healthy lifestyle.
These books will satisfy children's curiosity about curling and field hockey. They will be able to apply the skills from the carefully-explained instructions. Pictures are captioned with appropriate information.
The books include information about important people through the modern history of each sport, dating back through the 20th century. The orientation of the books is toward the American market, but the contribution of Canadians and sportsmen of other countries is included.
The books are 24 pages in length, containing 10 two-page chapters. Children who want to train for either of these sports will find advice on how to stay healthy and develop their fitness levels. The final chapter has an unnecessary question and answer section. The last page in the book has a glossary where bolded words are defined plus an index.
This series will provide children with useful information. The layout and illustrations will encourage them to try these sports when they have an opportunity, usually in middle or high school.
Harriet Zaidman is a teacher-librarian in Winnipeg, MB.
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