Hoops by Robert Burleigh

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Hoops is not a book about basketball--Hoops is basketball. How it feels to be a part of the motion, and a part of the moment-the longest moment-as the ball hangs in midair poised over the rim of the basket. The drama of the game . . . and of victory. A book about sport, poetry, friendship, teamwork. Feel it.
 

About Robert Burleigh

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Robert Burleigh is the author of many books for children including Flight: the journey of Charles Lindbergh, which won the Orbus Pictus award. He lives in Chicago, Illinois. STEPHEN T. JOHNSON has illustrated many books for children, including two by Robert Burleigh: Goal and Hoops, an ALA Notable Children's Book and a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. He lives in Kansas.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Burleigh (Flight, 1991, etc.), when not employing Nike-style ad copy (``Hoops./The game./Feel it,'') descends into confusing abstractions and poorly chosen imagery- -``The ball/The way it answers whenever you call./The never-stop back and forth flow, like tides going in, going out.'' The attempt ...

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In a starred review PW said, "Anyone who has played basketball on a hot city playground or followed it courtside will respond to the sensuous, tactile tone of this poetic description of the game.

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instead the words focus on how the game feels to a player who senses ""the rough roundness./ The ball/ like a piece/ of the thin long reach/ of your body."" The ball handler feints and experiences ""the sideways slip/ through a moment of narrow space."" Johnson's (Alphabet City) marvelous pastel ...

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