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Combat Sports

9781607538073. ea vol: 32p. (Summer Olympic Sports). ebook available. further reading. glossary. index. photos. websites. Amicus. 2015. lib. ed. $28.50.
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Gr 2–4—Bold colors and exciting scenes will attract beginning readers to these introductions to Olympic sports, including trampoline, the newest gymnastic event. Track and Field covers running, jumping, and throwing, as well as all-around events, such as the men's decathlon and women's heptathlon. There is a good deal of oversimplification, but short sentences and interesting factoids will hold readers' attention. Men's and women's events are discussed; the cover of Combat Sports captures a fierce contest between women wrestlers. Swimming and Diving notes that many regard swimmer Michael Phelps and Chinese diver Guo Jingjing as tops in their sports.
VERDICT With the approach of the 2016 Olympics, these strong books will be welcome additions.
"The action. The drama. The glory." This series introduces popular sports included in the summer Olympics. Each volume traces the sport's history through a worldwide lens and discusses the technical aspects of the game or individual events within the sport. With attention-grabbing prose, high-interest subject matter, and captivating action shots, the series should be attractive to budding athletes. Reading list, websites. Glos., ind. Review covers these Summer Olympic Sports titles: Combat Sports, Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball, Gymnastics, and Swimming and Diving.

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