From the Set Neighborhood Sports
A very simple introduction to the game of four square, the basic rules, the equipment used, and how it is played. Additional features to aid comprehension include fun facts, a table of contents, a phonetic glossary, sources for further research, an index, and an introduction to the author.
- Time to Play!
- A Place to Play
- Ready, Set…
- Bouncing Action
- In and Out
- You’Re Out!
- Moving Up
- To Learn More
|Interest Level||Kindergarten - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|ATOS Reading Level||2.5|
|Guided Reading Level||M|
|Publisher||The Child's World, Inc.|
|Format||Reinforced book, Hosted ebook|
|Number of Pages||24, 24|
|Dimensions||8 x 9.5, 8 x 9.5|
A Review of "Neighborhood Sports" in School Library Journal
Backyard games are described in detail in this spirited series. In each title, full-color photos show the setup of the game and demonstrate how players should position themselves. For instance, in Ultimate instructions on how to do a backhand throw are accompanied by mid-action images of a player modeling the correct form. The text notes in Four Square that rules of the game can vary regionally but that the basics of play are similar everywhere. Some subjects, like parkour, may be less familiar to readers, but Laughlin does a reasonably good job introducing it and preaching safe play, especially because injury can occur if advanced moves are attempted too soon. The simple language and limited amount of text on each page make it a good choice for readers still developing their skills. VERDICT A serviceable choice for elementary schoolers that is worthy of consideration.
Author: Kara L. Laughlin
Kara L. Laughlin is an artist and writer who lives in Virginia with her husband, three kids, two guinea pigs, and a dog. She is the author of two dozen nonfiction books for kids.