Wednesday, August 10, 2016

WILD & WONDERFUL WORLD: National Geographic Sports books


ABOUT THE BOOK

Do you love sports? Are you excited for the 2016 Olympic games? Here's an activity book that puts you right at the center of the gold-medal action! Fill in the blanks as you and a friend try your best at gymnastics, synchronized swimming, and much more!

REVIEW

National Geographic has created there own version of Mad Libs.  Here there are 22 paragraph long stories related to various aspects of the Olympics.  Each story has blank spaces for the reader to add his or her own words to the story.  Each blank specifies what type of word is needed.  If the reader wishes to play the game on his or her own the opposite page has a place to list words without looking at the story.  I also enjoyed the fact included on each two page spread.  This is a fun way for kids to learn about and enjoy the Olympic games from home.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Everything has its weird side -- even sports! Add wacky stats, facts, and stories to your arsenal of spots trivia with this new slam-dunk addition to the very popular Weird but True series! With the Olympics on the way, discover tons more zany fun, focused totally on the subject of sports! So step up to the plate to get 300 ALL-NEW amazing facts plus photos.

REVIEW

Reading a book like this one both amazes and puzzles me.  First, there are some amazing facts in here. Things such as:

  • Bunnies competing in the rabbit grand national in North Yorkshire, England, are specially trained to leap over hurdles.
  • The odds of picking all the right teams for an NCAA March Madness bracket are about 1 in 9,200,000,000,000,000,000.
  • Most Concrete Patio Blocks Broken by a Single Strike of the elbow? 17
  • Olympic trampoline competitors can soar more than 33 feet in the air--as high as a school bus is long.
But then there are some strange or weird facts included that just make me wonder about the human race.
  • Some hockey fans throw dead fish, octopuses, slabs of beef, and rubber rats onto the ice when their team scores a goal.
  • Some of the first British surfers used coffin lids to ride the waves.
  • In Indonesia, Pacu Jawi Jockeys ride a plow between two running bulls to mud ski across flooded rice fields.
  • You can turn your couch into a bicycle.
And yes, many of these facts have a photograph or illustration to go with it.  That couch bicycle is mind-boggling.  This is the sort of book that children love to browse and marvel at.  And they are not as quick to wonder about people and their sanity.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Become an expert on sports, just in time for the 2016 Olympics! From archery to zip lining this book covers EVERYTHING about the world's favorite team and individual sports. With stunning visuals and energetic, impactful design, readers won't stop until they've learned everything there is to know about the history, rules and regs, training, and practice of dozens of athletic pursuits. Includes popular sports such as baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, and quirkier sports such as fencing, curling, and table tennis.

REVIEW

 With a fabulous combination of fun facts, definitions, explanations, cool photographs, sidebars, and statistics, National Geographic has created a book that any sport lover would find fascinating, young or old. Being National Geographic there are also maps and interesting information about sports around the world, including locations where certain sports are popular as well as the Olympics.  The diagrams showing the insides of different types of balls was fascinating.  Soccer and tennis balls are hollow, whereas gold, softballs, baseballs, and bowling balls most certainly are not.  Sports covered in two page spreads include: basketball, baseball, hockey, and American football.  The next section of the book focuses on world competitions such as the Pan Am Games, the Olympics, as well as sports that can be especially risky such as parkour, rock climbing, base jumping, motocross, hang gliding, and ultimate fighting.  Halls of fame, sports comparisons, referees, equipment, myths, are all discussed in the last section.  For children who enjoy sports this is a fun browsing book.


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