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The Snowy Day
Ezra Jack Keats
0140501827
Oct 1976
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Book Review
The Snowy Day, a 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, is the simple tale of a boy waking up to discover that snow has fallen during the night. Keats's illustrations, using cut-outs, watercolors, and collage, are strikingly beautiful in their understated color and composition. The tranquil story mirrors the calm presence of the paintings, and both exude the silence of a freshly snow-covered landscape. The little boy celebrates the snow-draped city with a day of humble adventures--experimenting with footprints, knocking snow from a tree, creating snow angels, and trying to save a snowball for the next day. Awakening to a winter wonderland is an ageless, ever-magical experience, and one made nearly visceral by Keats's gentle tribute. The book is notable not only for its lovely artwork and tone, but also for its importance as...


Clemente: The Passion and Grace of Baseball's Last Hero
David Maraniss
0743217810
April 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. If ever a baseball player were deemed worthy of canonization, right fielder Roberto Clemente might be the one. Jackie Robinson may have suffered greater hardships during his career, but Clemente's nobility, charity and determination make him far more appropriate for a postage stamp than a Nike commercial. After 18 distinguished seasons, the Pirate star with the astonishing throwing arm died in a 1972 plane crash while en route to deliver relief supplies to Nicaraguan earthquake victims. Considering the potential for hagiography, Washington Post staffer and Clinton biographer Maraniss sticks to the facts in this respectful and dispassionate account. Clemente is a deceptively easy subject for a biographer: his acquired halo tinges past events and the accounts of his colleagues (although close...


Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Mary Pope Osborne
0679890629
October 20, 1998
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Book Description
Jack and Annie are off on another adventure! This time they are sent to ancient Greece, where a very important event is taking place. Join them as they race against time and witness the very first Olympic games!  

Card catalog description
Their magic tree house takes Jack and Annie back to retrieve a lost story in ancient Greece, where they witness the original Olympic games and are surprised to find what girls of the time were not allowed to do. --This text refers to the Library Binding edition.

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Amelia Bedelia Goes Camping
Peggy Parish
0060511060
Apr 2003
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From Publishers Weekly
The literal-minded maid returns, accompanying her employers on a camping trip. When Mr. Rogers tells Amelia that it's time to hit the road, she does, with a stick. PW remarked that Parish's Read-Alone volume would "send kids into gales of laughter." Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description
Camp Out

Amelia Bedelia has never been camping in the great outdoors before. She's trying her best to do exactly as she's told, but pitching a tent is not the same as throwing it into the bushes, and catching a fish with your bare hands isn't easy. As usual, the mixed-up housekeeper makes this camping trip one hugely entertaining adventure.

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Greatest Sports Rivalries: 25 of the Most Intense and Historic Battles Ever
James Buckley
0760774269
October 2005
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The Complete Idiot's Guide to RVing
Brent Peterson, Brent Peterson
002864171X
October 3, 2001
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Brent Peterson, Highways Magazine, December 2004
... just the book for a prospective owner, a new owner and a veteran RVer.

Book Description
Roam if you want to … Updated and revised, this guide is for the more than 30 million Americans who are living the RV lifestyle and the millions of others who are thinking about taking the plunge. It provides the necessary information to get the most out of the RV experience, including basic facts regarding the different types of RVs, advice on buying an RV, driving tips, information on how to choose a campground, and much more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Duck on a Bike
David Shannon
0439050235
Apr 2002
Hardcover
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Book Review
When Duck gets the zany idea to ride a bike one day, each animal on the farm has a reaction. "M-o-o-o," says Cow. But what she's really thinking is, "A duck on a bike? That's the silliest thing I've ever seen!" Pig and Pig say "Oink," thinking all the while, "Duck is such a show-off!" But it's not until a crew of kids shows up and leaves their bikes lying about that the true feelings of all the animals come to light, and for one brief, glorious moment, the farm is a mad, mad world of two-wheeling road hogs (and chickens and horses and goats). David Shannon, the creator of Caldecott Honor Book, No, David!, fills the pages of this barnyard romp with sun-soaked color, charming animals, and unusual perspectives. We see Cat, for example, looming belly-first in the foreground, with Duck merrily pedaling away in the...


Heat
Mike Lupica
0399243011
April 2006
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-When Michael Arroyo is on the baseball diamond, everything feels right. He's a terrific pitcher who dreams of leading his South Bronx All-Stars to the Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA. It's a dream he shared with his father, one they brought with them as they fled Cuba and wound up living in the shadow of Yankee Stadium. Michael's ultimate dream is to play in the major leagues like his hero, El Grande, Yankee star and fellow Cuban refugee. Tragically, Papi died of a heart attack a few months back, leaving Michael and his older brother, Carlos, to struggle along on their own. Afraid of being separated, they hide the news of their father's death from everyone but a kindly neighbor, Mrs. Cora, and Michael's best friend, Manny Cabrera. When a bitter rival spreads rumors that Michael is...


Ultimate Lego Book
DK Publishing
078944691X
September 1, 1999
Hardcover
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Book Review
"This book is not a book about a toy. It is a book about an idea, a set of values, and a long-term commitment to empowering children to use their creativity and build their imagination." So states Lego Group president Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen in his introduction to this fascinating, visually exciting tribute to Lego bricks and the people who play with them. Lego "maniacs" are no mere invention of Lego Group's industrious marketing machine. Enthusiastic fans of the ingeniously designed, colorful plastic building blocks do indeed exist, and in vast numbers--as of 1996, an estimated 300 million children and adults had played with Lego bricks since the first one rolled off the presses in 1949. (How many yellow knob-headed Lego people populate the earth today? A cool 2.3 billion.)

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The Greatest
Walter Dean Myers
0590543431
Nov 2001
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up-An introduction to Ali's life from his childhood to the present day, focusing on his career and the controversies surrounding him. Both his talent in the boxing ring and his showmanship earned him international fame, while his refusal to accept the stereotypical role of a black athletic star in the 1960s and his membership in the Nation of Islam brought him notoriety. Myers interweaves fight sequences with the boxer's life story and the political events and issues of the day. He doesn't shy away from reporting on the brutality of the sport and documents the toll it has taken on its many stars. Ample black-and-white photographs of the subject in and out of the ring illustrate the book. Covering Ali is a daunting task, especially since dozens of books and hundreds of articles have been written about...


Sports Illustrated The Football Book
Rob Fleder (Editor)
1932994742
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
On the heels of the successful Sports Illustrated 50th Anniversary Book comes a spectacular celebration of professional football that will be treasured by fans of America+s Game. With the same kind of unforgettable photographs and award-winning writing that made the SI+s 50th Anniversary Book a best-seller, this lavish coffee-table volume brings to life the bone-rattling action of NFL football and the extraordinary athletes who have made it America+s true national pastime. In 256 oversized pages, The Football Book commemorates the dynasties and the dominating players, the crucial plays and classic games, the personalities and performances that propelled the NFL during SI+s first 50 years of publication, from a marginal, ragtag league to the biggest game in town.


Sports Illustrated for Kids Year in Sports 2006
Editors of Sports Illustrated for Kids (Editor)
0439755166
December 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
This exciting sports almanac will tell kids all they need to know about the previous year in sports (Fall '04-Summer '05). It includes major sports (basketball, baseball, football, hockey); "secondary sports" (golf, tennis, cycling, auto racing); action sports (BMX, snowboarding, in-line skating); and the Athens Summer Olympic Games. Year in Sports 2006 is heavily illustrated with fabulous action photos. It will also feature a 16-page, four-color insert that contains photos of the year's thrilling moments and memorable athletes. Perfect for hanging in lockers!


Curious George Goes Fishing
H. A. Rey
0618120718
Mar 2001
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
ea. vol: 32p. adapt. illus. CIP. Houghton. 1987. PLB $8.95; pap. $2.95. Kindergarten-Grade 2 These stories, adapted from filmstrips, are very short, and are shorter on plot and action than the original series. Predictably, each page looks like one filmstrip frame with a caption below. In Curious George Goes Fishing, George tries his hand at fishingbut he catches only the fish in a man's frying pan, which he casts into the water. In Curious George Vis its a Police Station , George delights in swinging from the barred doors of the jail cells in the new police station. He proceeds to lock up the police chief and the mayor. In both books, the young monkey redeems himself. These short stories don't have the read-aloud charm of the original ``Cu rious George'' books (Houghton), but for youngsters who desperately...


Takedown
E. M. J. Benjamin
1889199044
July 1999
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Jake Chapman, a star high school wrestler with a legitimate shot at winning the state championship, finds his life turned upside down when he is diagnosed with epilepsy. The discussion of both the sport and the disease have the ring of authenticity, and the two elements are well integrated into the plot. There is also a candid treatment of the emotional impact of epilepsy on Jake and his family. Scatological language accurately represents the speech patterns of many teen athletes. The arch villain is a feminist English teacher who has unfairly kept Jake out of the National Honor Society. She is smug, sarcastic, and dishonest, and she punishes those students who displease her by putting a paper pig on their desks. She is not the only female portrayed in a negative light. The one girl on the wrestling...


Skateboard Tough
Matt Christopher
0316142417
Sept 1994
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From School Library Journal
Grade 2-4-- A Stephen King-style mystery for the younger set."Doesn't it make you wonder?" Brett is asked after he unearths a skateboard and claims it as his own. The plot builds suspensefully, yet readers never learn who buried the object, or why Brett can do difficult tricks he never dreamed of attempting before. Eventually he figures out the age-old adage "to thine own self be true," returning to his old skateboard and relying on his own abilities. Followers of Christopher's other novels and Thrasher , a skateboard magazine, will enjoy this. Although some savvy readers will be annoyed by the use of the term "rink" when referring to a skateboarding area, they will appreciate Christopher's descriptions of tricks. Illustrated with realistic black-and-white drawings. --Blair Christolon, Prince William...


Sports Illustrated Almanac 2006
Manufactured by Sports Illustrated
1932994750
November 2005
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Book Description
America's No. 1 sports almanac since its introduction 15 years ago, the Sports Illustrated Almanac has got 2005 covered, from football to fencing, hockey to handball, and everything in between. Spanning 896 pages, the Sports Illustrated Almanac features essays by top Sports Illustrated writers, all-time stats and records, and ticketing and venue information for pro baseball, basketball, football and hockey. The Sports Illustrated Almanac 2006 is the ultimate guide to the year in sports.


Game of Shadows: Barry Bonds, BALCO, and the Steroids Scandal that Rocked Professional Sports
Mark Fainaru-Wada
1592401996
March 2006
Hardcover
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Book Description
The complete inside story of the shocking steroids scandal that turned the sports world upside down For years, in the shadowy reaches of the world of sport, there were rumors that some of our nation’s greatest athletes were using steroids, human growth hormone, and other drugs to run faster, jump higher, and hit harder. But as track stars like Marion Jones blazed their way to Olympic medals and sluggers such as Mark McGwire brought fans back to baseball with stratospheric home runs, sports officials, the media, and fans looked past the rumors and cheered on the stars to ever-higher levels of performance. Then, in December 2004, after more than fifteen months of relentless reporting, San Francisco Chronicle reporters Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams broke the story of the Bay Area Lab Co-operative, a...


Dirt Bike Racer
Matt Christopher
0316140538
Sept 1986
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Card catalog description
Twelve-year-old Ron Baker finds a minibike while scuba diving and, with the help of a former motorcycle rider and racer, restores the bike and enters competition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Why My Wife Thinks I'm an Idiot: The Life and Times of a Sportscaster Dad
Mike Greenberg
1400064384
March 2006
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
SportsCenter and ESPN Radio mainstay Greenberg wanted to be a journalist, but changed his mind when he was asked, while working at a smalltown newspaper, to interview the mother of a high school valedictorian who had just tragically died. Greenberg moved on to covering sports and never looked back, believing there's nothing better than "investing everything into something that means absolutely nothing." Indeed, his book resembles Seinfeld, with its lightly humorous yet serious renditions of everyday minutiae. Divided into transcripts from some of Greenberg's radio monologues and journal entries about his family life, the book is another entry in the Men Are from Mars... school of sociological observation. Greenberg's viewpoint on the opposite sex essentially involves his subtitle: describing the things he does...


On the Halfpipe with Tony Hawk
Matt Christopher
0316142239
Sept 2001
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Book Description
Tony Hawk is a skateboarding sensation. At he 1999 ESPN X Games, he astonished viewers by performing a 900, a trick thought impossible to do. But astonishing people was nothing new for Hawk. Since taking up skateboarding at age nine, he's almost single-handedly revolutionize the sport. Whether dominating vert competitions, inventing new tricks, or providing a positive role model for young skaters, Hawk's sheer athleticism and dedication have helped change the way skateboarding is viewed by the general public.

About the Author
Matt Christopher is the name behind more than seventy five sports-themed books for children.


The Best Part of Me: Children Talk About Their Bodies in Pictures and Words
Wendy Ewald (Illustrator), M. Tingley
0316703060
January 1, 2002
Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Third-, fourth-, and fifth-grade students offer personal observations about their bodies. Entries look hand lettered and face a black-and-white photo of the body part featured. Camila Villasana likes her hair-"It's wavy like the ocean." Colette Cosner likes her hands "because they turn the pages of a book slowly and magically." Andrew Legge likes his legs because they "carry me a long way." The result is insight into how the children of varied ethnicities see themselves and take pride in their heritage. The book is an outgrowth of the Literacy Through Photography program Ewald originated at Duke University. This example of a successful writing prompt might be used to encourage students to think more about their own bodies and self-images.Mary Elam, Forman Elementary School, Plano, TXCopyright 2001...


How Angel Peterson Got His Name
Gary Paulsen
0440229359
August 10, 2004
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From School Library Journal
Grade 5-8-Paulsen accounts for his 13th year "of wonderful madness" when he and his friends tried to shoot a waterfall in a barrel, break the world record for speed on skis, hang glide with an Army surplus parachute, and perform other daredevilish stunts. Readers will be drawn to the term "extreme sports" but the story is more accurately one generation's version of homemade fun in the days following the Korean War when "radio was king" and the great outdoors served as the playground. Like much of his autobiographical fiction, these sketches are more episodic than plot driven. Paulsen exhibits a wry sense of humor and storytelling ability as if he were sitting on a country porch with eager listeners at his knee. In one chapter, a friend borrowed a quarter to wrestle a bear at the carnival to get the attention...


Sports Star Mad Libs Junior
Roger Price
0843107707
Feb 2004
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Book Description
What’s a great way for children to begin learning grammar while having loads of fun? Playing Mad Libs Junior! Featuring the same wacky sense of humor as our original Mad Libs® series, but tailored for the younger reader, we’ve designed these books to help teach some of the basics. Each puzzle includes four categories of words to choose from, indicated by a distinct symbol. Each symbol represents a part of speech and a list of words is offered. To play, kids are told the category from which to pick a word, including categories such as NOUNS, ADJECTIVES, VERBS and MISCELLANEOUS. Mad Libs Junior is even designed for smaller hands, with a jumbo 7 1/2 x 10 3/8 inch trim size, a larger space to fill in the blanks for beginning writers, and 48 pages per book. From baseball to football to soccer, kids are...


No Excuses!: The True Story of a Congenital Amputee Who Became a Champion in Wrestling and in Life
Kyle Maynard
0895260115
September 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
Born without arms or legs below his elbows and knees, Kyle Maynard excels as a champion athlete, inspirational speaker, college student and male model. No Excuses is his inspirational autobiography that shows how a positive can-do attitude gives someone we might see as disadvantaged the advantage over life.

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Faced with impossible challenges Kyle Maynard lives life with No Excuses He was born a congenital amputee, his arms ending at his elbows and his legs at his knees. But that didn’t stop Kyle Maynard from becoming a champion, on the wrestling mat and in his life.NO EXCUSES is the inspiring story of Kyle’s battle against the odds. You’ll learn about the family who supported him, the coach who trained him, and the faith that strengthened him...


Great Moments in Baseball History (Matt Christopher Sports Series for Kids)
Matt Christopher
0316141305
April 1996
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5?The prolific writer of juvenile sports fiction takes a crack at nonfiction. He describes nine dramatic moments from baseball's historical past, featuring the likes of Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Reggie Jackson, and Jim Abbott. These accounts depict the courageous aspects as well as the spectacular, including Dave Dravecky's comeback after cancer surgery, and the hobbled Kirk Gibson's game-winning home run in the 1988 World Series. Christopher tends to drift to his fictional roots as a number of the stories are laced with manufactured feelings, thoughts, and quotes. He also tends to generalize: "As the crowd in Fenway Park watched Ted Williams run off the field for the last time, they told each other, 'There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived.' " While his portrayals of these moments are...


Curious George Goes Camping
Margret Rey
0395978351
Oct 1999
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Book Description
George and the man with the yellow hat are going camping! George tries to be helpful, but after he upsets a neighboring camper, he is chased into the woods and gets lost. Before long, an encounter with a cute forest creature throws George into a chain of outrageous events that allows him to find a way to be helpful after all.

Card catalog description
Curious George gets into mischief while camping but is able to redeem himself in an emergency. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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