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I read this book to a group of second graders and the boys loved it. I had them draw me a picture of what they thought could describe this book and almost all the boys had draw similar pictures. They each had their own touch to it and added something different and I loved hearing what they had to say about it. I saw some great drawings and this activity brought out their creative side and gave them a chance to be an illustrator a book with their own vision of the book.
  khanai | Dec 9, 2013 |
One can live the game through this beautiful book.
  Wantabetoo | Mar 1, 2013 |
This book is a descriptive poem about basketball and the way it feels to roll the ball in your hand, weave in and out of your opponents, and watch the ball swirl silently around the hoop. The poem is accompanied by realistic and descriptive pictures that help tell the story. ( )
  esproull | Apr 30, 2012 |
Basketball poem, large illustrations. ( )
  MrsBond | May 9, 2009 |
Robert Burleigh's Hoops is a picture book that revels in the sport of basketball. It's pictures are about basketball and its various elements of kinesthetic movement, and it's constructed lovingly through description in probably less wordage than is found in most other picture books. Burleigh's short, quick, effective page-by-page commentary is matched by skilled pastel drawings of amateur players competing fiercely as rendered by illustrator Stephen T. Johnson. In the middle of the book, the surprise appearance of a black female athlete in dreadlocks taking on a court of mixed-race, male counterparts leaves no question as to the notion that the game is an equal opportunity outing. She guards, she drives, she sky-hooks before a last glimpse of her shows her striving at the side of a shooter for that last, longing effort to grab the ball. The book plays out like an actual game has just been played, and enthusiasts will feel as if they too were part of the action. High school art classes can use this book as an example of the good use of pastel as a medium to convey forms of movement. ( )
  mattlhm | May 11, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0152163808, Paperback)

Poetry comes alive on the basketball court. Feel the rough roundness of the ball. Celebrate the soaring freedom of the dunk. Savor the moment when all eyes focus on the long three-pointer.
In dynamic words and pictures, award-winning author Robert Burleigh and Caldecott Honor-artist Stephen T. Johnson capture the energy and passion that electrifies every moment in a game of hoops.

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Illustrations and poetic text describe the movement and feel of the game of basketball.

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