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Hoops with Swoopes

by Susan Kuklin

Published by Jump at the Sun / Hyperion, 2001
32 pages
ISBN: 0-7868-0551-X

Ages 4 - 10

Followers of the WNBA aren't the only ones who will appreciate this energetic and engaging book featuring Sheryl Swoopes, the two-time Olympic gold-medalist in basketball and star of the WNBA. Swoopes is a bold, dynamic figure on every page in Susan Kuklin's dramatic color photographs. Dressed in eye-catching primary colors of blue and red, or yellow with black, she is a singular figure set against bright white pages, emphasizing the intensity and artistry of an athlete at the top of her form both physically and mentally ("Her game is believing in the team–and herself."). Kuklin masterfully suspends time and action on film, turning it into art. Her photographs of the body in motion are fascinating, especially for very young children. Slightly older children may enjoy mimicking the actions of Swoopes captured in the photographs and described in a rhtymic, pace-changing text that offers many possibilities for involving them in the action. "Dribbledribble. She plays from the tips of her fingers–to the tips of her toes....Her game is passing–and catching–and driving down the court." Older readers, especially those with an interest in basketball, may find instruction and inspiration in Swoopes herself, who emphasizes in a note at the start of the text her belief in working on the fundamentals of the game, and the importance of believing in yourself–whatever you choose to do. CCBC categories: Contemporary People, Places, and Events.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center

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