Allie cannot wait to get to the local courts with her new ball after going to a pro basketball game with her father, but her enthusiasm ebbs as her shots fall short of the basket, until, shrugging off comments about basketball being a "boy's sport," Allie scores, becoming the inspiration of the playground.
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Barbara E. Barber is the author of poetry that has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Writer, and Midwest Poetry Review. She lives in New York City.
Darryl Ligasan is a native of the Philippines, and now lives in New York City, where he works as an illustrator and designer, and teaches at the School of Visual Arts.From School Library Journal:
Kindergarten-Grade 2-Allie, a young black girl, receives a basketball as a gift from her father. Having been in love with the sport since she attended a game at Madison Square Garden, she's anxious to test her skills with her new ball. Her father walks her to a park where she shoots a few hoops with little success. As time goes by, Allie runs into friends and acquaintances who decline to join her on the court, some even commenting that they thought basketball was "for boys." Undaunted, the girl begins to find the range of her shot, and those who previously scoffed at her efforts begin to take notice. This pleasant though unremarkable story presents a strong female protagonist and a multiethnic supporting cast. The full-color illustrations, "created using a variety of traditional and digital techniques," radiate from the page, producing an almost fluorescent glow. An additional purchase for libraries looking for picture books about sports.
Tom S. Hurlburt, La Crosse Public Library, WI
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Book Description Lee & Low Books, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111880000385