Famous Firsts: The Trendsetters, Groundbreakers, and Risk-Takers Who Got America Moving! (My America)

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(ages 9 - 12)  After learning about groundbreaking Americans whose ideas turned into international sports trends, readers will be inspired to get moving! Famous Firsts covers diverse activities such as skateboarding, frisbee, cheerleading, trampolining, and inline skating. The book's dynamic design features color photos of and personal stories from American athletes including skateboard legends Tony Hawk and Alan 'Ollie' Gelfand, BMX pros Mat Hoffman and Cory Coffey, University of Maryland cheerleader and Survivor cast member Penny Ramsey, pro surfer Bethany Hamilton, and Libby Riddles, the first woman to ever win the Iditarod.

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Natalie Rompella lives just outside of Chicago, Illinois, where she teaches elementary school. In addition to writing Don't Squash that Bug: The Curious Kid's Guide to Insects (Lobster Press, 2007) and Famous Firsts: The Trendsetters, Groundbreakers, and Risk-Takers Who Got America Moving! (Lobster Press, 2007), she is also the author of several educational resources. Visit Natalie online at www.natalierompella.com.

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Grade 3–7—This book is less about famous trendsetters and more about how a variety of extreme sports and games outside of the mainstream got started and developed. Featured in four-page chapters are surfing, cheerleading, sled-dog racing, water skiing, trampolining, flying discs (Frisbees), skateboarding, BMX, snowboarding, and in-line skating. Interspersed with photos, trivia and lingo boxes, and a map showing a point of origin, the text describes each pastime's history and progress, equipment, key players, competitive events, and safety. A final section offers tips intended to inspire readers to create their own new sport or move. The layout and illustrations are attractive. The athletes highlighted include young people and women but few individuals from minority groups. The text is a bit jumpy, providing many tidbits without background or explanation, and the coverage of subtopics is often insufficient. However, the book does succeed as an overview of these activities. Avid fans will be looking for more, but casual readers will enjoy browsing through the pages.—Sharon R. Pearce, Longfellow Elementary School, Oak Park, IL
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