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The fastest game on two feet : and other poems about how sports began

Author: Alice Low; John O'Brien
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : Primary school : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Sports have origins in all kinds of activities, such as playing with sticks and stones, running from threats, and taking part in religious ceremonies. Using conjecture and historical facts, this book of poetry and prose relates how nineteen sports got their start and grew into the games we know today.
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Genre/Form: Sports poetry
Juvenile works
Poetry
Be ready rover
Juvenile poetry
Material Type: Primary school, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alice Low; John O'Brien
ISBN: 9780823419050 0823419053
OCLC Number: 122338103
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection
Target Audience: Elementary Grade.
Description: 40 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Contents: If there weren't any sports --
Running: they ran for their lives --
Skiing: a way to walk through snow --
Swimming: the dog paddle --
Gymnastics: fast on their feet --
Bowling: from aisle to alley --
Soccer: kicking the Dane's head --
Lacrosse: the fastest game on two feet --
Golf: a queen on the green --
Figure skating: Sonja Henie, girl in white --
Baseball: a man with a plan --
Badminton: the game at badminton --
Tennis: that gambling game --
Rugby: the play at rugby --
Football: a decisive match --
Bicycling: no pedals, no medals --
Basketball: James Naismith's predicament --
Surfing: Duke Kahanamoku's ride --
Skateboarding: the fastest water ski on earth --
Frisbee: a pie plate in the sky.
Responsibility: by Alice Low ; illustrated by John O'Brien.
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Sports have origins in all kinds of activities, such as playing with sticks and stones, running from threats, and taking part in religious ceremonies. Using conjecture and historical facts, this book of poetry and prose relates how nineteen sports got their start and grew into the games we know today.

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This is a poetry and sports history book all in one

by AnchorageSchools (WorldCat user published 2009-12-03) Very Good Permalink

This poetry book celebrates sports and their inventions.  In addition to a poem for nineteen different sports, the authors include how and where each particular sport was invented.  The end of the book includes other anecdotes and a timeline of when each sport started.  The sports span...
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