The Young Tennis Player (Young Enthusiast Series)

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9780789404732: The Young Tennis Player (Young Enthusiast Series)

Full-color captioned photographs, including step-by-step sequences, demonstrate the essential skills, rules, and fundamental tactics of tennis for young readers.

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Grade 4-8?This ambitious entry in the DK lineup serves up both the virtues and vices found in other titles in the series. In one page, it attempts to give the historical perspective of the game?going all the way back to 500 B.C. and progressing through monastery games, to the relatively modern first Wimbledon match in 1877. The following double-page spread gets down to business with the equipment and clothes needed to play the game. The young Andorran author's insights into the world of professional tennis will fascinate young readers. The format is crisp, with an abundance of photographs supplemented by sidebars. Although this treatment is great for a catalog approach to clothes and equipment, it does not work when demonstrating movement. Tennis novices' heads will be spinning as they try to follow the basic shot spreads that offer up to 12 photos breaking up movement, diagrams of the court, tactical advice, italicized information, captions, and variations. Some of the shots described as "basic" are clearly for advanced players. Newcomers to the game will fare better with Skip Singleton's The Junior Tennis Handbook (Shoe Tree, 1991) or George Sullivan's Better Tennis for Boys and Girls (Putnam, 1987; o.p.).?Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The Young Tennis Player ($15.95; April 16, 1996; 45 pp.; 0-7894- 0473-7): Tennis champ Vicario provides an introduction and commentary for this deconstructed view of the equipment, clothing, moves, attitudes, and rules that comprise the popular sport of tennis. The DK format (widely recognized, much-imitated) offers instant access to information on the skills, techniques, scoring, and etiquette required of all players, and some of the tips used by pros. Full-color photographs, drawings, and diagrams of the action will make most readers put down the book and pick up their rackets. (glossary, index) (Nonfiction. 7-13) -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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