Dewey Guide: 700s -- Sports

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796 SPORTS

Stewart, Mark.  ONE WILD RIDE: THE LIFE OF SKATEBOARDING SUPERSTAR
    Tony Hawk.  Brookfield, CT:  Twenty-first Century.Millbrook, 2002.  64p. 
    0-79613-2666-9; lib.bdg., $24.90  2001-008031   Gr. 4-9      796.22 

    There is a picture or sidebar on each page to add interest to an interesting subject.  Readers learn about Hawk’s family, how he got started with skateboarding, how his fame affected his life at school, bruises and bumps, pushing himself, his father helping his career, inventing moves, his backyard practice area, making videos, his skateboarding career, his two marriages, his successful and unsuccessful business ventures.  There is a timeline, glossary, list of magazines, books, and web sites, and index.  This will be a favorite of skateboarders everywhere.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Uschan, Michael.  JESSE VENTURA.  People in the News series.  San Diego: Lucent,    
    2001.  111p.  1-56006-777-2; lib.bdg., $29.94     00-010391   Gr.  3-9         796

    James George Janos was born in 1951 in Minneapolis.  Ventura is his wrestling name.  The book chronicles his early years, his Navy SEAL years in Vietnam, professional wrestling, movie star career, Mayor of Brooklyn Park, MN, governor of Minnesota, and ends in 2000.  Sidebars include “A Brief History of Pro Wrestling,” “Why Jesse Ventura Won,”  “Leaving the Reform Party,” and “The Infamous Playboy Interview.”  There are extensive notes for each chapter, a chronology, two books “For Further Reading,” a long list of “Works Consulted,” and an index. 
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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796.323 BASKETBALL

Brenner, Richard J.  KOBE BRYANT.  New York: Beech Tree/ Morrow,  1992. unp.
    ISBN 0-688-16585-0; pb., $3.95 Gr    2-3   796.323

    The photographs in this biography of a young basketball superstar are excellent. The book alternates black and white with color photos, including a two-page spread in the center. The text, however, is a disappointment since grammar and syntax are lacking. The large print and limited text are a good format for early readers, but the vocabulary is too challenging for the very young. Quotes from the athlete are the highlight of the text since they provide the only unique information about this basketball star. This book may appeal to the very young sports lover, anxious to pick up the book because of the photographs, but those familiar with the sports biography genre will soon see its inadequacies. The Kobe Bryant Story by Wayne Coffey from Scholastic's Fast Breaks series is a far better alternative for those seeking to entice young sports-lovers to read.
    Tami Seavoy, attorney & school library volunteer, Father Marquette Catholic Schools, Marquette, MI

Freedman, Russell.  BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION.
    New York: Clarion, 1999.  192p.  0-395-63367-2 hb. $18.00   98-50208    Gr. 5-12     796.352  

     Mildred Ella was nicknamed Baby because she was the sixth child in the family.  When another brother was born, she became Babe, a name which continued when she played baseball with neighborhood boys.   Freedman shows her as a person of her times;  Babe was 9-years-old when women got the right to vote and was a ground breaking athlete when women were supposed to stay at home.  Freedman does an excellent job of showing Babe as a person and an athlete, a tomboy who wasn't interested in makeup and played everything but dolls.   Babe went from the terror of the neighborhood to the hero of the town.  She was a high school athlete who left school before her junior year to play basketball for an Insurance company.   Once in a meet, she was a one person  team who won six gold medals and broke four women's world records.  During the 1932 Olympics,  she won two gold and a silver medal.  Babe married a wrestler, son of Greek immigrants, she was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.  George was her manager and Freedman explains how the breakup of their marriage occurred.    Babe's special passion was golf where she was the first American to win the British Women's Amateur championship.   In addition to golf, Babe was proficient in basketball, baseball, tennis, diving, roller skating, bowler, and track and field athletics and was the greatest female athletes of all times.  Freedman documents Babe as self confident, boastful, over-achieving, broody, graceful, goal oriented, humorous, and a superior athlete.  Chapter by chapter notes and selected bibliography, black and white pictures on every other page, and a complete index add to the value of this book.  This is a well-written and well-documented biography of an unusual woman that deserves a place on school and public library shelves.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Stewart, Mark.  JACKIE STILES:  GYM DANDY.  Basketball’s New Wave series.  Brookfield, CT:  
    Millbrook, 2002.  48p. 0-7613-2614-6; lib.bdg., $22.90     2002-002670     Gr. 4+     796.323  

    Jackie Stiles was born in 1978 near Topeka, KS.  Her mother was a nurse and her father was a basketball coach.  Their fifth child, born with congenital encephalopathy and her brain did not develop properly, died when Jackie was in junior high school.    Jackie loved playing basketball at an early age and because she lived in a small town, she had the gym open to her to practice late at night.  She practiced and practiced and emulated some of Michael Jordan’s shots.  During high school Jackie had little time for boys.  Although her team did not win the state championship, she made All-state four times, was on the first team, All-American and was Kansas basketball player of the Year twice, and set two state records.  In addition she was a regional cross-country and tennis champs. Although she had offers to play for several college teams, Jackie choose Southwest Missouri State University, SMSU. Jackie’s college stats and achievements are included through 2001.  Although she was a great player, other college coaches had “nothing but nice things to say about her…”  and four quotes are provided.  Jackie signed with the Portland Fire of the WNBA and with Nike.  Although Jackie only scored two points in her first game and  the team did not do well during that season, Jackie was  “Rookie of the Year” and was an All-Star for 2001. The writing is fluent, the topic is interesting, the color photos on almost every page are sharp, and the index is complete.  This is a good bet for biography collections in school and public libraries.         
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Stewart, Mark. THE OHIO STATE BUCKEYES.  Chicago, IL:  Norwood House Press, 2009.
          48p.  ISBN: 978-1-59953-277-6  hb.     Gr. 4 -8     j 796.332

          This book is chock full of pictures and information on the Ohio State Buckeyes. It features history of the football team, the coaching of Woody Hayes, key players over the years, team statistics, fun facts and lots more information. This book will delight the young reader who enjoys football history.  The book also includes a glossary of football terms and links to websites or places to visit if you are traveling.
          Charlotte Dugas, Library Director, Munising School Public Library

Stewart, Mark. TIM DUNCAN: TOWER OF POWER.  Basketbal's New Wave Series.
    Brookfield, CT:  Millbrook Press. 1999. 48p.   0-7613-1513-6; lib. bdg., $22.90
    0-7613-1041-X; pb., $6.95   98-32237    Gr. 3+    796.323

    Like other books in this excellent series on new sports heroes, this book  provides much  information, excellent photos and an interesting read for the sports fan.  Duncan, a forward for the San Antonio Spurs, has only been playing in the NBA since 1998.  In his two seasons he has been named Rookie-of-the-Year, was part of the NBA Championship Team in 1999 and placed third in MVP voting in 1999.  This book traces his childhood and presents a detailed picture of his college career with Wake Forest University. It's an excellent biography for sports-loving readers.
    Tami Seavoy, attorney & school library volunteer, Father Marquette Catholic Schools, Marquette, MI

Stewart, Mark. ALEX RODRIGUEZ: GUNNING FOR GREATNESS.  Basketball's New Wave Series.  
    Brookfield, CT:   Millbrook, 1999. 48p.  0-7613-1515-2; lib.bdg., $22.90  99-17925     Gr. 3+    796.357

    This very informative biography of the Seattle Mariners' superstar is recommended for any collection trying to attract sports-lovers. There are color photographs for almost every person, place and event featured in the book. In addition to pictures breaking up the text, there are fact boxes that keep the reader interested and turning pages. The book presents a great deal of information about A. Rod's early childhood and mentions many other major league players and coaches who have had in impact on his career. The final fact box presents stats and highlights of  Rodriguez's career so far. He is an athlete, and this is a well-written biography recommended for all sports-lovers.
    Tami Seavoy; attorney/volunteer library coordinator, Father Marquette Catholic Schools, Marquette, MI,  
 

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796.325 VOLLEYBALL

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796.332 FOOTBALL

Benjey, Tom. WISCONSINíS CARLISLE INDIAN SCHOOL IMMORTALS. Carlisle, PA:
      Tuxedo Press, 2011.  329p.  978-1-936191-22-5 pb.  $19.95   Gr. 7 & up   796.332

Seventeen Carlisle Indian School athletes are featured in this second biographical volume. It aptly serves as an historical accounting the lives and times of Native Americans in the early nineteen hundreds. The Indiansí contributions to the game of football were substantial and deserve to be remembered by the present generation.  Athletes and sports enthusiasts will be inspired by the obstacles and adversity overcome by these athletes.
       Barb Ward, Retired Childrenís Librarian, Dickinson County Library, Iron Mountain, MI

Doeden, Matt.  THE BEST OF PRO FOOTBALL.  Best of Pro Sports Series.  Mankato, MN: 
      Capstone Press, 2010.  24p.  ISBN: 978-1-4296-3328 hb.  $15.99     Gr. 1-3    j 796

      Capstone Press continues to publish informational books for the young child in a format they will find enjoyable.  This book, THE BEST OF PRO FOOTBALL, is about the records set by professional football players.  The series it is in is about the best that happens in professional sports.  These books are informational books, written with table of contents, indexes, and glossaries included with the information.  They are a great way to introduce first through third grade students the fundamentals of informational reading.  And, this age groups loves to learn facts and trivia. 
      Christine Collins, Library Director:  L'Anse Area Schools/Public Library

Stewart, Mark.  TERRELL DAVIS: TOUGHING IT OUT.  Illus. with photos.  Football's New Wave Series. 
    Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1999.  48p.    0-7613-1038-X; pb., 6.95    99-17952    Gr. 4+      796.332

    This  book is written simply and straightforwardly and doesn't paint Davis as perfect but instead explains the problems he's had in his life and how he's overcome them.  Terrell's father's ex-convict status, drug use, abusive behavior, and Terrell's mother's unfaithfulness are chronicled.  One weakness is that the book does not give an objective assessment of Terrell's differences with his  college coach or provide readers with the coach's side of the situation.  One favorable aspect of the book is that it offers readers a portrait of someone who has succeeded despite tremendous odds against them.    One does not have to be a Broncos fan to enjoy this book.
     Renee Prusi, lifelong reader and lifelong football fan; Journalist; Marquette Mining Journal

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796.334 SOCCER 

Baddiel, Ivor.  ULTIMATE SOCCER.  Illus. with photos.  New York: Dorling Kindersley,
    1998.  96p. 0-7894-2795-8;  hb., $16.95    97-36602     Gr. 4-12+     796.334

     Baddiel's book contains concise, basic points of the game as well as the history of soccer and the World Cup.  There is very little on tactics and techniques for playing but that is not the purpose of this book.  One section of the book is devoted to great teams and is arranged by country, each of which has a single page or double page spread.  The U.S. page is devoted to the women who won the 1996 Olympic championship.  Another section is devoted to great players, most of them unknown in the U.S. except for Pele.  A page or half page is devoted to 17 players.  There is information about each World Cup from 1930 through 1998.   The variety in the color and black and white photos that characterize DK books.  There are lots of side bars, charts, and lists like teams, key dates, players of the year, international winners, and rules.  The information on the rules is the only part of the book which will be dated.  This book just scratches the surface of the game and is intended for general background information of the game.  This is a good book for anyone who wants to know the background of the game or for browsers.
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   
    Holder of an "E" License for coaching ages 7-16;
7  years of experience as a youth soccer coach.

Buxton, Ted with Alex Leith & Jim Drewitt.  SOCCER SKILLS FOR YOUNG PLAYERS. Buffalo: Firefly, 2000.  
    128p.  ISBN 1-55209-329-8; pb., $14.95.   C99-931652-4     Gr. 4-10+       796.334

    Up to eight clear color photos per page show males and females, who are either adult or high school students, explaining soccer skills.  The page layout, sidebars, sketches, and text produce an attractive book and the glossary, index, the 23 addresses, and URLs add to the usefulness.
    Scott says “This is one of the best books I’ve seen, not only for intermediate players but also for coaches of younger teams.  It contains not only detailed skills and drills but also sound advice on warming up and cooling down for practice and games. There are drills to master basic soccer skills from beginners to match play including basic ball control to offensive and defensive tactics.  The coaching tips and detailed diagrams help coaches and players alike.   It has guidelines for players on what to eat and drink to maintain fitness and ability.  This book was written by a coach with over 30 years of soccer experience at all levels and it shows.  This title is a great asset to players and coaches.  STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.”
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   

Gibbons, Gail. MY SOCCER BOOK.  Illus by author. New York: HarperCollins,
    2000.  24p.  0-688-17138-9; hb., $5.95.  99-34514    Gr.  K-3.     796.334

    Gibbons, known for her no nonsense easy nonfiction books for early readers, has produced small sized sports books.   The soccer book can be read to preschoolers through first grade children on a one-to-one basis because of the small size or can be read independently by good first graders to third graders.  Because of the straightforward basic text it can be used for remedial readers.   Title I teachers will want a copy of the book because the cartoon-like players could be fifth graders and the subject matter is appealing to soccer fans.  Because there are adult fans in the stands, the book can be used with beginning adult readers.    Information is basic and easy to read and includes information about clothing, number of players, time frame, what happens during the game, and a glossary page.  Helpful charts include the field, players and their positions on the field.  This is a book on the most basic level because it provides an overview of the game for children.
    Vern Scott says the book provides “very basic information, like a beginning reading book for first through third graders and is OK for a first year player, 6-7 years.  However, the book is weak on stressing teamwork.”
Because of the subject appeal of this book, it will be popular in schools and public libraries.
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   

Owens, Thomas and Diana Star Helmer. SOCCER.  Illus with photos. Brookfield, CT:  Twenty-first Century 
    Books, 2000.  64p.  0-7613-1400-8;    lib.bdg., $22.90    99-41541    Gr. 5-9     796.334

    This book begins with a chapter about the 15th World Cup in 1994 and ends with a chapter on the 1998 World Cup.  Five chapters focus on the role of a coach and four player positions in relationship to the World Cup games between those dates.  A four and a half page glossary is helpful.  The “For More Information” section includes two book lists and 5 Internet URLs; all book copyrights are between 1994 and 1998.  There is a three-page index that is useful for locating player names and subjects.  Twenty color and one black and white photo are interspersed throughout the book.  The text has more appeal for research than for pleasure reading.  This book is “a late, brief history of the game with special world cup games, their outcomes, and players who stood out.  It is useful only for World Cup History.   Written for older beginning players, it is not very interesting and has no game skills or tactics at all.”
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   

Rutledge, Rachel.  MIA HAMM: STRIKING SUPERSTAR.  Soccer’s New Wave series. 
    Brookfield, CT: Milllbrook, 2000.  48p.  0-7613-1802-X lib.bdg. $22.90  Gr.  3-7     796.334 

    Learn about the early life and career of one of the members of the 1999 Women’s World Cup championship soccer team.  As a child, Ham was a shy in public but lively at home.  After one class of ballet, Mia’s father introduced her to soccer.  The book is laid out in an interesting manner with lots of black and white and color photos and sidebars called “Did You Know?   Another sidebar includes six of Mia’s favorites and others include statistics.  Readers learn unusual facts like Mia played high school football, played high school soccer in Texas, college soccer at the University of North Carolina, and played for the USA in the Olympics and several World Cup years.  Female soccer fans will enjoy reading this biography of a player who appeared on lots of magazine covers.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Rutledge, Rachel. THE BEST OF THE BEST IN SOCCER. Illus with photos. Women of Sports series.    
    Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1998.  64p.  0-7613-1315-X; hb. $22.90.  0-7613-1907-7; lib.bdg., $23.90   
    0-7613-13923; pb., $7.95.      98-25635    Gr. 3-9.    796.334  

    A sportswriter and historian tells about eight world players and how they got to the top including: Michelle Akers, Joy Fawcett, Julie Foudy, Mia Hamm, Kris Lillly, Shannon MacMillan, Carla Overbeck, and Briana Scurry.  Each chapter includes a full-page color photo of the players, smaller photos, sidebars of their personal life and career highlights but the main part of the article focuses on their soccer life.  The vocabulary is easy enough for fourth graders but not condescending to high school students.  Anyone interested in girls’ soccer players could enjoy this book.
    Rutledge begins with the history of women’s soccer from Europe to the USA.  The book contains brief biographies of eight players from the women’s World Cup and Olympic team with interesting personal information and some individual statistics.  Recommended for high school girls.
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   

Scott, Nina Savin.  SMART SOCCER:  HOW TO USE YOUR MIND TO PLAY YOUR BEST.
    Brookfield, CT:  Millbrook, 1999.  96p.   0-7613-1294-3 pb. $8.95.  99-16203    Gr. 5-12      796.344

    The author explains what being in “the zone” means, and cautions readers how to think only about things you can control.  Other advice is to appreciate your opponent and learn from mistakes or is concerned with topics like losing, fairness, practice, injuries, burnout, as well as dealing with bad calls, bad advice, bad fields, bad weather, and trash talk.   This book is totally executed in black and white with only a few photos and parts of a shadowy soccer ball for relief.   Headings in the margins help locate information of interest quickly even though the index could be used.   There is also a bibliography, notes, and list of persons interviewed.
    Vern Scott says: “This is a sports psychology book [which] shows how to use your mental skills to maximize your performance when playing [and] focuses on giving the player a positive outlook and winning attitude.  There are many good points in this book for a coach to stress to players, like negative thoughts, pressure from peers and parents, and mistakes made on the field, just to name a few.”  Coach Scott says the book is “for beginning to intermediate players looking to improve their game skills as well as coaches and parents.” Furthermore, “it is the type of book a parent could read with a younger child.”  Coach Scott recommends the book for  “only to those who seriously want to become better soccer players and smarter coaches. “   He also says the book “can also be compared to life situations, not just sports.”
    GUEST REVIEWER: W. Vern Scott, Assistant Coach, Marquette Senior High School Soccer Team   

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796.34 TENNIS

Dorrie, Roxanne.  VENUS AND SERENA WILLIAMS, THE SMASHING SISTERS.
    Bloomington, MN:  Red Brick Learning 2004. 48p. ISBN 0736827846 hb. $16.95   Gr.  2-3   J796.34

    The story of Venus and Serena Williams’ rise to tennis stardom is captured in this well-written biography by Roxanne Dorrie.  Dorrie is able to capture the strong family relationships and values along with the hard work and challenges that enabled the Williams sisters to rise to fame and become the highest ranked tennis players in the world.  From the litter-ridden courts of California, where the girls dodged bullets, to their move to Florida where they worked with tennis coach Rick Macci, the story is always about hard work, dedication, and perseverance.
    The girls’ father, Richard, is a key supportive figure who encouraged his daughters at 4 years old to play tennis and became their coach.  Their dad endured criticism of his lack of coaching skill and both girls were criticized for wearing hair beads while competing. Throughout the book, the Williams’ family stressed education first and both girls were “A” students.  Richard always wanted his girls to enjoy all areas of life including family, friends, sports, hobbies and education; stressing there is life after tennis. Throughout competition and on to achieving their dream to be ranked number #1 (Serena) and #2 (Venus) in the world in 2002, the sisters maintained their devotion to each other and close family relationships.
    The chapter book format is easy to read and the bolded words have the glossary explanations at the bottom each page.  A nice selection of colored photos follows each players’ early development to the achievement of their dream of tennis stardom.  This book will inspire young athletes that with desire, determination and training you too can achieve your dream no matter what your circumstance. Recommended for library purchase for young biography reading.
    Jana Aho, Media Assistant, Middle School, Gladstone School & Public Library


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796.335 GOLF

Freedman, Russell.  BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION
    New York: Clarion, 1999. 192p.  0-395-63367-2 hb. $18.00   98-50208    Gr. 5-12      796.352 

     Mildred Ella was nicknamed Baby because she was the sixth child in the family.  When another brother was born, she became Babe, a name which continued when she played baseball with neighborhood boys.   Freedman shows her as a person of her times;  Babe was 9-years-old when women got the right to vote and was a ground breaking athlete when women were supposed to stay at home.  Freedman does an excellent job of showing Babe as a person and an athlete, a tomboy who wasn't interested in makeup and played everything but dolls.   Babe went from the terror of the neighborhood to the hero of the town.  She was a high school athlete who left school before her junior year to play basketball for an Insurance company.   Once in a meet, she was a one person team who won six gold medals and broke four women's world records.  During the 1932 Olympics,  she won two gold and a silver medal.  Babe married a wrestler, son of Greek immigrants, she was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.  George was her manager and Freedman explains how the breakup of their marriage occurred.    Babe's special passion was golf where she was the first American to win the British Women's Amateur championship.   In addition to golf, Babe was proficient in basketball, baseball, tennis, diving, roller skating, bowler, and track and field athletics and was the greatest female athletes of all times.  Freedman documents Babe as self confident, boastful, over-achieving, broody, graceful, goal oriented, humorous, and a superior athlete.  Chapter by chapter notes and selected bibliography, black and white pictures on every other page, and a complete index add to the value of this book.  This is a well-written and well-documented biography of an unusual woman that deserves a place on school and public library shelves.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Uschan, Michael V.  TIGER WOODS. People in the News Series.   San Diego:  Lucent, 1999.
    112p.  1-56006-528-1, lib. bdg. $22.45.98-50295.  Gr. 4-10    796.335 

    Tiger Woods is appealing to juveniles because few professional athletes are so young. Black and white photos and text take Tiger from child prodigy to superstar.  A glossary of golf terminology is essential for the non golfers.  Notes,  important dates, further reading, works consulted, and an index complete the book.  Tiger's relationship with his father and quotes from other golfers are included.
     Mary Ann Paulin;  Director, Superiorland Preview Center
 

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796.357 BASEBALL

Campbell, Peter A.  OLD-TIME BASEBALL: AND THE FIRST MODERN
    WORLD SERIES
.  Illus by author.  Brookfield, CT:  Millbrook, 2002.  48p. 
    0-7613-2466-6; lib.bdg., $24.90      2001-045013     Gr. 3-8     796.357

    Although the book begins with a history of the early years of baseball and the birth of modern-day baseball, most of the book is devoted to the World Series in 1903 between the Boston Pilgrims and the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Information is given about the two teams, their ballparks, key players, and statistics about each of the eight games.  Although the three post season games between the Providence Grays and the New York Metropolitans in 1884 was considered the first world series, they were discontinued in 1890 and the return of the “two-league” system in 1901 saved baseball.  The 1903 game is featured because of a “National Agreement” that was signed between the American and National Leagues giving both leagues equal recognition and the same rules.  The two leagues agreed to a nine-game series.  The illustrations include black and white photos, souvenirs, baseball card sized illustrations of players, and ballpark layouts.  A bibliography and index complete the book.  Of special interest is the inclusion of what else was happening in the world at the turn of the century including feats by the Curies, Booker T. Washington, and the Wright brothers .  Purchase for baseball fans of all ages.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Gibbons, Gail.  MY BASEBALL BOOK.  Illus by author.  New York: HarperCollins,
    2000.  24p. 0-688-17137-0; hb.,  $5.95.  99-32945    K-Gr. 2      796.357   or     E

    Gibbons, known for her no nonsense easy nonfiction books for early readers, has produced small sized sports books on baseball, soccer, football, and basketball.  Unisex players demonstrate batting, pitching, and catching stances.  Two teams, the Robins and Owls, share the basics of the game including positions and scoring.  A diagram of a baseball field with and without players and a glossary also help readers understand the game.  Gibbons explains our national pastime in simple, easy to understand terms.  Because of the way Gibbons has integrated illustrations and text, this book can be used for remedial purposes or for adults with English as a second language.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Mandel, Peter. SAY HEY!  A SONG OF WILLIE MAYS.  New York: Jump at the Sun/Hyperion,
    2000.  32p. 0-7868-0480-7 hb. $15.99   0-7868-2417-4 lib.bdg. $16.01       Gr. K-4      796.357 

     "Say Hey Facts" at the end of the book not only tell how Willie's nickname the "Say Hey Kid" came about but also includes important personal and baseball facts.  The back of the book and jacket look like a baseball card and include statistics for when Mays played outfield for the New York Giants.  The book itself is told in rhyme with a refrain after every two lines.  This book can be used to introduce antiphonal choral reading to students.  Provide a hand signal for students to say the refrain in unison:   "Say hey, Willie.  Say hey."  It's unfortunate that part of the illustrations have been lost in the margins.  While this can keep Mandel's book from being a Caldecott winner, it should not keep librarians in school and public libraries from purchasing this handsome versatile book that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Schaefer, A. R.  KEN GRIFFEY JR.  Sports Heroes series.  Mankato, MN:  Capstone 
    High-Interest, 2003. 48p.  0-7368-1294-6 lib.bdg., $21.26   Gr. 3-4  796.357 

This is one of almost twenty biographies about current practitioners from a variety of sports.  The book begins with Griffey’s contribution to the game between the Seattle Mariners and the New York Yankees during the playoffs in 1995.  Information about his 11 seasons with the Mariners and his move to the Cincinnati Reds after 2000 are given in his career statistics which include the 2001 season.  Girffey’s father was a baseball player whose son played football and baseball in high school and was part of the state football championship team.  Griffey was the first baseball player drafted by the pros in 1987 when he was only 17 years old.  He first played in the minor leagues but was not happy and his suicide attempt in 1988 is included.  Griffey ‘s first major league game was in 1989 and his career to date is included as well as information about his family life.  There is a page of “Career Highlights,” a list of six “Words to Know,” a list of three books in a section called “To Learn More,” three mail addresses in “Useful Addresses,” three URLs under “Internet Sites,” and an index.  The color photos are clear and the text is readable and interesting.  Consider this title and others about Brett Favre, Michelle Kwan, and Serena and Venus Williams.    
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center

Stewart, Mark. ICHIRO SUZUKI; BEST IN THE WEST. Brookfield, CT:  Millbrook, 2002.
    48 p.   0-7613-2616-2; lib.bdg., $16.00  2002-003343  Gr. 4-8      796.7

    There is a “New Wave” in baseball and hence the name of the series including this biography of Ichiro Suzuki.  The incubation for this new wave concept came about because children of the 1980's, who were raised on fast food, shopping malls, music videos and arcade games;  and who came of age in the '90 's had to battle the intense pressures and distractions that now come with success in the sports.  These athletes are super-focused, super-tough and super-talented stars who establish themselves in a time when a super-play can become news around the world soon after it happens. 
    Although the first baseball arrived on the shores of Japan in 1873, Japan did not export any baseball superstars to the U.S. until almost a century later.  Japanese baseball hero, Suzuki won just about everything there was to win in Japan, so he decided to risk it and make it in the major leagues.  Happily, he did it in just one season and consequently helped erase an eternal period of racial stereotyping.  This bio follows Suzuki from childhood when he was a wiry little guy, right up until he joined the Seattle Mariners.  Irchiro claims he had a dream...and he made that dream come true in his becoming one of baseball's biggest stars--on both sides of the Pacific!
    Patricia Fittante; Children’s Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Stewart, Mark. DEREK JETER:  SUBSTANCE AND STYLE.  Illus. with photos. Brookfield, Ct: 
    Millbrook Press, 1999.  48p.   0-7613-1516-0; hb., $15.00.  99-17935    Gr. 4+      796.357 or 921

    A boy from Kalamazoo, Michigan, was teased for predicting that he would some day be a shortstop for the New York Yankees. However, Derek Jeter grew up to have the last laugh because his life turned out just exactly as he dreamed. Jeter made a name for himself as a student athlete while maintaining an A-minus average. And things only got better. Stewart traces Jeter's life from when he was a pint-sized pinstriper up to the time of writing. Along with many fun and informative photographs there is a table with Jeter's impressive stats.  Any young boy who dreams like Jeter did of some day playing in the big leagues will totally enjoy this biography.
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI
 
 Weatherford, Carole Boston.  A NEGRO LEAGUE SCRAPBOOK.  Illus. with photos.  Honesdale, PA:  
            Boyds Mills Press, 2005.  48p.  ISBN 1-59078-091-4  $19.95    Gr. 3-6    j796.357

            Black Baseball Leagues began in 1887, when the major leagues decided not to hire black players, and stayed strong until 1963 when the Civil Rights movement changed segregation in America.  This book has more photographs than text.  It features many of the well-known players of the time.  It also covers some of the history of black culture and segregation laws.  The layout is very appealing and easy to read.  Children who love baseball will read every inch of this book!  Public and school libraries should consider including this book in their collection for elementary students.
            Lynette Suckow, Youth Services, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

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796.42 RUNNING AND TRACK

Freedman, Russell.  BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS: THE MAKING OF A CHAMPION.
     New York: Clarion, 1999.  192p.  0-395-63367-2 hb. $18.00     Gr. 5-12    796.352   

     Mildred Ella was nicknamed Baby because she was the sixth child in the family.  When another brother was born, she became Babe, a name which continued when she played baseball with neighborhood boys.   Freedman shows her as a person of her times;  Babe was 9-years-old when women got the right to vote and was a ground breaking athlete when women were supposed to stay at home.  Freedman does an excellent job of showing Babe as a person and an athlete, a tomboy who wasn't interested in makeup and played everything but dolls.   Babe went from the terror of the neighborhood to the hero of the town.  She was a high school athlete who left school before her junior year to play basketball for an Insurance company.   Once in a meet, she was a one person team who won six gold medals and broke four women's world records.  During the 1932 Olympics,  she won two gold and a silver medal.  Babe married a wrestler, son of Greek immigrants, she was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.  George was her manager and Freedman explains how the breakup of their marriage occurred.    Babe's special passion was golf where she was the first American to win the British Women's Amateur championship.   In addition to golf, Babe was proficient in basketball, baseball, tennis, diving, roller skating, bowler, and track and field athletics and was the greatest female athletes of all times.  Freedman documents Babe as self confident, boastful, over-achieving, broody, graceful, goal oriented, humorous, and a superior athlete.  Chapter by chapter notes and selected bibliography, black and white pictures on every other page, and a complete index add to the value of this book.  This is a well-written and well-documented biography of an unusual woman that deserves a place on school and public library shelves.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI
 

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796.5 OUTDOOR: CAMPING, HIKING

Jenkins Steve.  THE TOP OF THE WORLD:  CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST.
    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999   32p.  0-395-94218-7; hb., $16.00      98-42748
    Gr. 1-5+   796.52       Paulin's Pick Citation.

    This is an exemplary science picture book.  A multitude of information is presented in an interesting manner and the cut paper collage illustrations catch the spirit of the text.  Information includes:  Sir George Everest, the city of  Katmandu, the Shepas people of Nepal, yaks, famous climbers, supplies, levels of mountain life, trash left behind by climbers, icefall, rivers of ice, oxygen and breathing, avalanches and the seven summits.    Maps, records and a bibliography are helpful.  This is a book for readers of any age who are interested in mountain climbing anywhere but especially in the Himalayas.  In a recent measuring, it was revealed that Mt. Everest measured is several feet taller than formerly reported. This recent development should not affect this book's chances as a Caldecott Medal contender because the new findings may or may not be accurate and this book was accurate at the time of printing.   Highly recommended for elementary and middle schools as well public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

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796.6 CYCLING

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796.7 AUTOMOBILE, MOTORCYCLE RACING

Dahl, Michael.  ONE CHECKERED FLAG:  A COUNTING BOOK ABOUT RACING.  
    Illus.by Derrick Aldermand and Denise Shea.  Minneapolis, MN:  Picture Window Books, 2004.  
    24p.  1-4048-0576-1 hb. $15.95   Gr. PreS - 2   796.72 or E

    This is a counting book with lots of visual information on race cars and racing.  The illustrations, digitally composed on a computer, are large and very bright.  They show the action at the race track and enhance the brief text.  Each page also includes a small graphic that symbolizes a number, the name of the number and how many items are in the number.  The last two pages highlight fun facts about auto racing and counting activities.  Young readers and teachers will find this book interesting and useful.
    Lynette Suckow, Peter White Public Library, Marquette, MI

Marx, Mandy R.  MOTOCROSS RACING.  Series: Blazers to the Extreme.  Mankato, MN:  
            Capstone Press, 2006.  32 p.  ISBN: 0736854657  hb. $14.95.     Gr. 1-2    j796.7

            This is a very appealing book.  The book is set up with one page of text with a full-color photograph opposite.  The text has only two sentences per page and is appropriate to the reading level.  The photographs correspond to  the text.  Chapters are:  Moto Madness, Designed for Dirt, Motocross Safety and Pro Racing.  The chapters range from four to six pages in length.  Motocross terms are explained on some pages with "Blazer fact" sidebars.  The book includes:  Table of Contents, Glossary index, reinforced library binding, photo diagrams and "FactHound.com" Internet sites.  A "Read More" feature includes three references.  This book would appeal to grades up to 9 as stated by the publisher and also younger readers because of the simple text.
            Denise Engel, Director, Wakefield Public Library

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796.84 SNOWMOBILING

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 796.9 SNOW SPORTS

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796.91 SKATING

Christopher, Matt.  ON THE ICE WITH...TARA LIPINSKI.  Boston: Little, 1999.
     110 p.  0-316-14257-3 98-36098, pb  $4.50   796.91 or 92

      Lapinski started roller skating when she was 3 years old and won her first competition at age 5; she began ice skating at age six.  The book tells about her ballet and skating lessons, how her family rallied behind her lessons and competitions,  and her road to an amazing 1998 Olympic Gold Medal.  Information on the history of ice skating is a bonus.  Although the book is packed with information, it flows in an interesting manner.  The black and white photos are in a center section away from the text but  that is compensated for by several which show Lapinski's effervescent smile. This book will entice reluctant readers.
     Mary Ann Paulin;  Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Gutman, Bill.  TARA LIPINSKI: QUEEN OF THE ICE.  Brookfield, CT: Millbrook, 1999.
    48p.  Millbrook Sports World series. 0-7613-1456-3 lib.bdg. $19.90     Gr. 2-5       796.91  

     There are 18 color photos, most of them full page to enhance the text which is easy enough for intermediate students and thin enough for middle school students who want a quick read.  The information is current and Gutman discusses turning professional, being a national spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America,  promoting anti-tobacco legislation before Congress as a lobbyist, and working at Champions on Ice then Stars on Ice.  No mention was made of her recent venture into the daytime soap operas in The Young and the Restless.  A chronology,  bibliography, address at the Detroit Skating Club, and web site are helpful additions.  There are several reasons for Upper Peninsula libraries to purchase this book. This biography is about the youngest athlete to win a gold medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival just after she turned 12 years old and did so recently enough that it is easy for elementary students to identify with her.   That Lapinski is a winter sports figure in a snowy state is a plus.  Gutman's biography  has a picture book feel to it and is appropriate for elementary students whereas Christopher's ON THE ICE WITH...TARA LAPINSKI (Little, 1999) is for middle school students, and Jones' TARA LAPINSKI (Chelsea, 1997) is for junior and senior high school students.  The books are for different age levels and all are worthy biographies.  Right now Gutman's book contains  the most recent information.
     Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI;

Kwan, Michelle and Laura James.  THE WINNING ATTITUDE!  WHAT IT TAKES TO BE A CHAMPION.  
    New York: Hyperion, 1999.  127p.  078680546-3; lib.bdg., $9.99     Gr. 4-10+           796.92  or  921

    In the introduction, Michelle tells about taking skating lessons at the age of five with her sister but it wasn't until she was seven that she saw the 1988 Olympics and her "eyes were opened to truly great figure skating."  The thoughts and ideas in the book are Michelle's but were written by Laura James so it is not a pure autobiography.    The book is multidimensional: it's a biography, a "self-help" book, and a sports book.  All the color photos appear on eight glossy pages in the middle.
    Michelle poses  a variety of questions to readers about vision quests, self-discipline, perseverance, dedication, courage, flexibility, patience, imagination, common sense,  desire, sacrifice, obsession, setbacks, motivation, challenges, plateaus, perspective, sparkle, and winning and losing with style.  These questions provide a framework for providing information about Kwan's life.  Interest in Michelle will continue through the next Olympics and as long as Kwan skates on television.  Interest in the questions she poses about self are timeless.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Morrissey, Peter. THE YOUNG ICE SKATER.  Photos by Andy Crawford.
    Forward by Todd Eldredge.  Young Enthusiast Series.  New York: DK, 1998.
    40p.   0-7894-3422-9; hb., $15.95   98-11936    Gr. 3+      796.91

    An easy-to-read, how-to text is complimented with outstanding pictorial works to entice anyone who has the slightest yearning to grow up to be Kristi Yamaguchi or Todd Eldredge. This book will help fulfill those dreams.  Done in  a double-page format, Morrissey introduces the sport with a brief history, then continues on with essentials--i.e. necessary equipment, warm-up exercies and the proper lacing of the boot.  Continuing on in a practical manner, he devotes space to fundamentals of figure skating---first steps, skating forward and backward, jumps, spins, turns and more.  The attractive photos of young skaters of various ethnic backgrounds, stand out on the white glossy page. Each photo is accompanied with an explanation of what the skater is doing, step-by-step.  A particularly lively, helpful book for any beginning skater, a fun book for any interested browser and an enticing book for any wannabee.
     Patricia Fittantte, Children's Librarian,  Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI

Wilkes, Debbi.  THE FIGURE SKATING BOOK: A YOUNG PERSON'S GUIDE TO FIGURE 
    SKATING
.  Illus. with photos.  Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 1999.  116p.     Gr. 4+     796.91

    This is a superbly comprehensive and appealing approach to the world of figure skating. Wilkes, a professional skater and coach for many years, created this instructional guide to help young people explore and understand this sport of endurance and grace.  Fully illustrated, there are step-by-step diagrams and photographs in black and white that explain in detail the mechanics of the many moves, jumps, spins and dances.  Wilkes also discusses choosing equipment and how to care for it. For the serious skater she suggests how to choose a club and/or coach. This is an excellent teaching aid and an ideal handbook for students of figure skating.
    Patricia Fittante; Children's Librarian, Escanaba Public Library, Escanaba, MI;

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 796.962 HOCKEY


Lazarus, Shelley.  HOCKEYTOWN HERO: THE STEVE YZERMAN STORY.  Ann Arbor:  
    Proctor Publications, 2000.  99p.  1-928623-04-2 pb. $12.95    Gr. 3-9+      796.962  or  921

    A hockey fan has written this sports biography about a very private athlete.  Besides the biography itself, touches have been added by the librarian author: a map of places mentioned in the book, statistics for regular seasons and playoffs, career awards and accomplishments, glossary, time line index, further reading, and resources including web sites.  Lazarus begins her authorized biography with Steve's skating debut at age 3 at a family outing.  Steve, born in British Columbia, began playing hockey at age five but he and his three brothers played other sports also.  Information about playing on hockey teams in his youth is included as well as testimonials mentioning his "unselfishness when it came to helping teammates score."   The book includes living and playing in Ontario, being drafted by the Detroit Red Wings, and winning the Stanley Cup that had eluded Detroit for 42 years until 1997 and again in 1998.  The information about coaches, players, fans, and the superstar flow from beginning to end aided by large print.  Yzerman read biographies about hockey players when he was a kid and young hockey fans will enjoy reading this biography too.  This book is a good addition to sports biography collections anywhere but is essential where hockey is popular.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 49855

Morrison, Scott, ed.  WAYNE GRETZKY:  THE GREAT GOODBY.   Illus with photos.
    Toronto: Key Porter, 1999.   96p.  1-55263-099-4, pb. $14.00.  796.962    Gr. 3+

     If your readers  need Gretzky's final career statistics  (regular play, playoff, and all star), trophies, career highlights, and NHL records, then your library  needs this book.  There are color photos, on almost every page to celebrate the career of "the great one."  The readable text begins with Gretzky's early years, glory days in Edmonton, trades to  Los Angeles and St. Louis, and ends with his last game for New York.   Hockey fans of all ages will enjoy this sports biography, it's a winner.
     Mary Ann Paulin;  Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Wilson, Stacy.  THE HOCKEY BOOK FOR GIRLS.  Buffalo:  Kids Can, 2000.  39p.
    1-55074-860-2; hb., $12.95     1-55074-719-3; pb., $6.95   Gr. 3-7  796.962

    Although it has been played for over 100 years, women's ice hockey took the spotlight when it was recognized as an Olympic event in 1998.  Stacy Wilson, like many girls, started playing on a boys' team and has gone on to star on Canada's World Championship and Olympic teams.  She currently coaches a women's team at the college level.  Her expertise is apparent in this excellent instructional book.  Chapter topics include basic rules, proper equipment, training and skill building.  The book is comprehensive without being overly detailed.  It closes with profiles of star female players and the outlook for women's hockey.   Excellent photographs enhance the clear and informative text.  "Expert tips" and "try it" paragraphs encourage girls of every level of playing ability to improve their game.  Wilson has scored a winner with this "must-read" for all girls interested in playing hockey.
    Carolyn Anderson, L'Anse Public Library Board;  Superiorland Library Cooperative Board
 

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797.1 BOATING

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797.2 SWIMMING

Adler, David A.  AMERICA'S CHAMPION SWIMMER: GERTRUDE EDERLE.
    Illus. by Terry Widener.  San Diego: Gulliver/Harcourt, 2000.  32p.   0-15-201969-3; hb.,
    $16.00    98-54954    Gr. 1-4      797.2     or     92

    Acrylics complement the text in this picture book about the first woman who swam the English Channel.  Gertie, called Trudy, was taught to swim by her father after nearly drowning in a pond.  At age 15 Trudy won her first big race, and at 16 Trudy was first woman to swim 17 miles from Manhattan to NJ to beat the men's record.  In 1924 she won 3 medals at the Olympics and by 1925 set 29 U.S. and world records.  In a storm,  she became the first woman to swim the channel and beat the male record.  More information about Trudy is given in the "Notes from the author"   Which includes information like why she was disqualified on her first channel swim.  Purchase this book where primary and intermediate biographies are needed.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI 
 

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796.93 SKIING

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 797.5 AIR & WATER SPORTS

Demi.  KITES: MAGIC WISHES THAT FLY UP TO THE SKY.  New York:
    Crown, 1999.  unp.  0-517-80049-7;   hb., $17.00   0-517-80050-0; lib.bdg., $18.99
    98-41372  Gr. 2-8+         394.26    or   796.15    or     797.5    Paulin's Picks Citation

     Demi tells how the Double Ninth Festival or Ch'ing Yang began.  This Chinese festival is celebrated on the 9th day of the 9th month (Sept. 9)  Many people purchased holy pictures from an old painter in China and offered them to their gods in the temple and prayed their wishes would come true.  Often the pictures in the painting would show what the person wanted, like a picture of a Peaceful Buddha for someone who wanted peace or a picture of an abacus for someone who wanted money.  One day a woman wanted a dragon kite because it was the symbol of wealth, wisdom power, and nobility and wanted it in kite form so she could fly it into the sky to heaven.  When people saw the boy become bigger, stronger, richer, and nobler before their eyes, they also wanted their pictures on kites.   Nine bird representations on kites include  magpies to bring joy and fame and for nobility and honesty.  Ten insects on kites include crickets to bring music and song and a butterfly to symbolize love.   Ten reptiles, fish, and crustaceans include carp for abundance and frogs for long life and joy.  Eleven animals on kites include pandas for happiness and tigers for courage.  Eleven Buddhas and gods on kites include Vairochana, the teaching Buddha, or Akshobhya for wisdom and overcoming anger.  Three flowers and five symbols on kites include T'ai Chi for creativity and harmony in the universe,  Fu for happiness, and Shou for longevity Sometimes people cut kite strings to send bad luck away.  Four pages include 12 steps  for making a kite 4 pages and 12 steps.   This is more than a kite book and more than a holiday book. Share this book in March or when studying Buddhist countries in social studies.  Demi  makes it easy to understand an Eastern philosophy.  Highly Recommended for school and public libraries.
    Mary Ann Paulin; Director, Superiorland Preview Center, Marquette, MI

Pawson, Des.  THE HANDBOOK OF KNOTS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO TYING
    AND USING MORE THAN 100 KNOTS.    Illus. with photos.  New York: DK, 1998.
    160p.   0-7894-2395-2; pb., $16.95.    97-38707    Gr. 4-12+      623.88

     Using different colors of line to clearly show the exact way to tie the knots, the photos and the short, but clear directions make the book very useful.   The book is well laid out and the format is inviting for anyone interested in knot typing, even "eager" beginners and intermediates.  The author explaines which knot to use for specific tasks.   This book is of interest to sailors, boaters, hikers, rock and mountain climbers, scouts, etc.   It could also be used as a text for Coast Guard auxiliary safe boating classes or for teaching survival skills making it especially valuable to libraries near lakes and wilderness areas.  Even the size of the book is a plus, making it portable.  Highly recommended.
    Penny Pederson, teacher and librarian, Graveraet Middle School, Marquette, MI

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 799 HUNTING & FISHING

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