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Hoops Hardcover – October 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 260L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Whistle; 1 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0152014500
  • ISBN-13: 978-0152014506
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.8 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,658,761 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.Marvelous pastel drawings of teenagers on the court paired with the book's design turn up the heat." Ages 5-8.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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From School Library Journal

Grade 2 Up. A handful of kids, a neighborhood court, and a ball are the elements that spring explosively to life in this ode to the game that captures the energy, the elation, the sheer poetry of basketball.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Swish! Panting hard as they run down the court, the team needs to score! They don't want the ball to get stolen so they keep passing it. All of a sudden, one boy is wide open so he takes the shot. To find out what happens next, you'll have to read the book Hoops. Hoops is an excellent book and it uses great word choice. Similes such as "like tides going in, going out," and metaphors help the book flow together as if it were actually happening. The book has a good rhythm to it, making it even more enjoyable. An interesting quote that I chose from the book was "hoops, the game, feel it." This quote tells about the game of basketball. This book's main point would have to be that if you try your hardest, you will succeed. If you like basketball you will especially like this book. On the other hand, if you're just looking for a great story to read, Hoops is your solution.
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By K. Carson on August 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I use this book in my second grade classroom to model how to write a book that puts you in a particular experience with the author. The words are beautifully chosen and simple, but very poetic. There are so many examples of literary techniques. The first time I read it, the boys are always mesmerized. This is a fantastic book. They ask for it to be read over and over.
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As a teacher who works with Special Education, I sometimes have students whose reading level is very low, but they don't want the "baby books" with pictures of little kids and kiddie themes. Hoops is a book that a teenage boy can enjoy, even if he is just learning English. The pictures are of teens, mostly boys, playing basketball, and it is beautifully illustrated. It requires some thinking, because it is not just straight narrative--it is more of a prose.
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By Christine B. Leo on November 16, 2014
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A great read aloud to show sentence fluency!
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By Christy Dyson on September 30, 2014
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Good book.
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