The fastest game on two feet

By Low, Alice & O'Brien, John T.

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School Library Journal

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Gr 2-4 The focus of this slim collection is on the origins of sports, ranging from ancient times (running, swimming, and gymnastics) to modern-day (skateboarding and Frisbees). A factoid introduces each sport; baseball, for example, is linked to Alexander Joy Cartwright, Jr., a surveyor who drew up the rules of the game in the 1840s and is "often called the father of modern baseball." The best poems offer a lighthearted approach to the creative process; the...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2010

Twenty entertaining rhymes (preceded by brief introductions) provide glimpses into the history of many of the world's most popular sports...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on September 1, 2009

Whimsical illustrations mixed with playful rhymes and rhythms make as entertaining and lyrical as it is informative. Each double-page spread is devoted to showing and to telling the story of a particular sport, including a brief introduction about its origin. For example, an early form of soccer was called "kicking the Dane's head," probably because some British men found the skull of one of their enemie...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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