Quote of the day: "The love of learning, the sequestered nooks,
And all the sweet serenity of books."
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Title: Crazy About Basketball
Author: Loris Lesynski
Illustrator: Gerry Rasmussen
This book is a wonderful collection of basketball poems (40 in all) that will greatly appeal to boys (and girls) ages 8-12. The poetry captures the joys, thrills, and challenges of one of the most popular sports today. The book is full of humour and energy but most of all it captures the fun of the game. The fabulous artwork capitalizes on the both the absurdity and seriousness of basketball.
There are also fun facts scattered throughout the book which will be of great interest to those playing the game. The poems concentrate on the training, tactics, and teamwork that is needed to participate in basketball. The book truly is a call to action to come one and all, grab your runners and get on that court and shoot some hoops! Celebrate it together!
Follow up for teachers:
1. take your class into the gym or outdoors and play a game
2. discuss the comparative and superlative adjectives found there
3. work with action verbs
4. health class can be about nutrition and how to keep your body fuelled to play
5. art class - design your own jerseys for the game
6. write your own action poem about basketball and then proudly show the the jersey you designed to the class
7. talk about sportsmanship and being a great team member
Crazy About Basketball
the feel of it
appeal of it
the belong of it
in my hand
the size of it
surprise of it
as I plan where it's
the game of it
the aim of it
we love it every time
I think this year our basketball
should get a valentine!
About the author:
Loris Lesynski has been wowing readers with her wacky wordplay for 10 years. She is a popular visitor to schools, libraries and educational conferences across North America. Among her books are: "Zigzag: Zoems for Zindergarten," "Cabbagehead," "Nothing Beats a Pizza," and "Dirty Dog Boogie."
Michael Martchenko is a multiple award-winning illustrator best known for his work with Robert Munsch. His books are beloved by readers all over North America.
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