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Good sports : winning, losing, and everything in between
Kauchak, Therese, 1964-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Middleton, WI : Pleasant Co. Publications, 1999.
Physical Description:
96 pages ; 28 cm
Provides advice on being a great teammate, a good winner, and a gracious loser, as well as dealing with coaches and other aspects of playing sports.
General Note:
"American girl library."
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Added Uniform Title:
American girl (Middleton, Wis.)
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GV706.3 .K38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf
GV706.3 .K38 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at sports with advice on being a great teammate, good winner and gracious loser, as well as dealing with coaches and other aspects of playing. Illustrations.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 3^-6. This terribly earnest and enthusiastic "personal playbook" for girls is illustrated with splashy photographs and lighthearted, cartoon sketches. A two-page history of women and sports mentions a few key ideas: that people once believed strenuous physical activity was harmful to females (despite centuries of farm and house work) and that the world of girls' sports changed radically in 1972, when Title IX mandated that in school sports, "what boys got, girls got, too." Topics such as preparation, team efforts, practice, and working with coaches are covered, and there are spot vignettes about good and bad behavior by teammates, parents, and players. Interviews with skater Michelle Kwan and soccer cocaptain Julie Foudy are part of a mix that includes sidebars, quotes, text boxes containing advice, and even a few comments from boys. A "webliography" is also included, as is a page for girls to fill in with their own sports habits and experiences. --GraceAnne A. DeCandido

Library Journal Review

Gr 3-8-Sound advice and encouraging thoughts about getting in shape, eating right, training, playing under adverse conditions, and boys as teammates and competitors fill this title. In addition, several well-known female athletes are featured, including soccer player Julie Foudy and basketball star Nikki McCray. Quotes from these individuals and children who play sports are sprinkled throughout the text. Quick quizzes help young readers determine what kind of athlete they are. The full-color photographs (many double-page) of women and girls in action and cartoon characters demonstrate points of sportsmanship and drills, and add touches of humor. Although there are other good titles on this subject, including John Bowman's Sportsmanship (Rosen, 1990) and Janet Riehecky's Good Sportsmanship (Children's, 1990; o.p.), none come close to the scope or entertainment value of Good Sports.-Barb Lawler, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Warming Up: Sporty Girls of the Past, Safety Tips for Todayp. 6
Go Team!: Teammates, Practice, and Coachesp. 16
Game Time: The Ups and Downs of Competitionp. 32
Crunch Time: Taking Charge When the Going Gets Toughp. 50
Getting Serious: Competing with the Elitep. 68
Team Spirit!: Having Heart and Showing Itp. 80
Sports Center: Learning Morep. 88