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The story of figure skating
Boo, Michael.
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Publication Information:
New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1998.
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Surveys the history of figure skating and examines some of its notable performers.
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Central Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Kenmore Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Williamsville Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Julia Boyer Reinstein Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
Clearfield Library GV850.4 .B66 1998 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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From its beginnings in Europe to the contemporary skating scene and the stars of the 1998 Winter Olympics, here is a fascinating look at a sport that keeps growing in popularity. Skating fans will be captivated by the sport's history, its memorable moments, its fashions, its jumps and spins, and much more in this comprehensive, entertaining book with over sixty striking photographs.

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Booklist Review

Three very different books introduce children to the history, the celebrities, and the technical aspects of ice skating. Readers looking for the history of figure skating will find The Story of Figure Skating a useful and interesting resource. Beginning with blades made from bones, antlers, and walrus teeth, Boo brings readers up to speed on skating through the mid-twentieth century. He then begins a decade^-by^-decade discussion of highlights from the sixties to the present, including the 1998 Olympics. Other sections of the book discuss aspects of ice skating from coaches and choreographers to leaps and lifts to "the inner workings of a Zamboni ice resurfacer." Illustrated with numerous black-and-white photographs, this is an informative resource for children who want an in-depth book on skating. With more appeal to browsers and to younger children, Magic on Ice uses its large format to display many colorful photographs of skaters. Each double-page spread focuses on a topic, such as terminology or off-ice training; a person such as television skating commentator Tracy Wilson or judge Debbie Islam; or a grouping of short profiles, such as best pairs or top women skaters. This book may have a shorter shelf life than the previous title, but it has more visual appeal. It will please children who want to read more about the current skaters, and it will teach them something about the sport as well. Children interested in learning how to skate on ice will get the most practical support from The Young Ice Skater. From the publisher's series that has previously considered sports such as gymnastics, tennis, and snowboarding, this large-format volume takes readers through a series of double-page spreads devoted to topics such as first steps, skating forward, jumping, and spinning. Each spread features many small photos of people profiled against the white pages. Each picture is accompanied by an explanation of what the skater is doing, a particularly useful breakdown when the photos show a series of actions within a more complex move. A helpful how-to. Carolyn Phelan

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4 Up-From axel to Zamboni, from Jackson Haines to Tara Lipinski-it's all here. Boo has done a superb job of tracing "the evolutions and revolutions that have occurred in figure skating over the past several decades, and even in previous centuries." The Nagano Olympics and the recent boom in the popularity of the sport are described as are the background details-technology, costumes, and support staff including coaches, choreographers, trainers, managers, and more. Readers also learn what judges look for and how to tell one jump or spin from another. Two tables list the world champions from 1896 to 1997 and Olympic gold medalists from 1908 to 1998. Information about skating organizations with Internet addresses is provided. The black-and-white photographs are often grainy, indistinct, or lacking in contrast. Except for the illustrative material, this book scores high marks.-Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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