The Fastest Game on Two Feet: And Other Poems about how Sports Began

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Holiday House, 2009 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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Have you ever wondered how your favorite sport began? Basketball got its start when a physical education instructor invented a new game for bored students. The original soccer ball might have been a skull! The history of other sports is just as surprising--bowling was part of an early religious ritual; lacrosse games used to stretch for miles and last for days; and the king of France once outlawed tennis because it was a gambling game!

Alice Low's witty poems, vividly ilustrated by John O'Brien's uproarious cartoons, hit a true home run for readers.

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User Review  - emilyann93 - LibraryThing

this book is about different poems that about sports. It gives you the historical background of how each sport started out back in the day. For example, bowling was part of a religious ritual. Skiing ... Read full review

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User Review  - Annie Combest-friedman - Goodreads

This book combined two unlikely ideas which were sports and poetry. Through this book, it could introduce a style of art to students who are athletically inclined. The structure of the book included ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

The author of more than 25 books for children, Alice Low was born in New York City in 1926. She graduated from Smith College in 1947. Low published her first works for children while raising her own three kids, and went on to combine writing with jobs producing educational filmstrips, teaching creative writing, and doing editing and editorial consulting. She has also volunteered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Perhaps best-known for her amusing fiction for young children -- including the popular The Witch Who Was Afraid of Witches, which she has since turned into a musical -- Low has also written nonfiction, adapted myths and legends, and selected works for anthologies. Low lives in Briarcliff Manor, New York, where she enjoys singing and playing tennis.

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