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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2nd
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Two Lions; Reprint edition (April 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761458409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761458401
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,366,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 4–"Karate hour is starting now./Dressed and belted, we all bow." So begins a tribute to this ancient martial art. Using rhymed couplets that never strike a false note, Nevius carries readers through the mind and body exercises that make up a typical class. She deftly captures the excitement and energy of the experience as well as the discipline and commitment required to rise in rank. Thomson's realistic mixed-media artwork is a standout, using light, shadow, and perspective in a variety of interesting ways. The karate class itself is truly diverse, including boys and girls from a number of different ethnic backgrounds and the physically challenged. An informative, well-researched author's note on the history of karate is appended. An excellent addition on a popular subject.–Grace Oliff, Ann Blanche Smith School, Hillsdale, NJ
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*Starred Review* Gr. 1-4. The world of the karate class comes into up-close focus in this startling, realistic picture book. Using rhymed couplets, Nevius explains what goes on in class: the children bow; the master enters, moving with strength and grace; the students do exercises, and then the energized stances and kicking begin. The text does a fine job of capturing both the precepts and the movements in relatively few words, but it's Thomson's amazing artwork that will make kids feel as though they are right with the students in the dojo. With the clarity of photographs and many in-your-face perspectives (a foot cracking through a wooden board), the pictures are reminiscent of some of Chris Van Allsburg's work. Thomson also knows how to manipulate light and dark, giving real heft to the art. Children can see the power in one boy's fist as he punches toward the page, and the multiethnic students' tumbling looks just as if the kids are really on a roll. An excellent afterword explains the history of karate and its philosophy as a defensive discipline. Ilene Cooper
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Karate Hour is a beautifully done book.
J. Kraus
The book is a great way to introduce a child to a Karate class.
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This is a very highly recommended book for young kids.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. Kraus on November 13, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
Karate Hour is a beautifully done book. It is done in verse, very cleverly, as the book goes through the karate class. The illustrations are breathtaking and look like photographs.. Although Karate Hour is in many respects, non fiction, it is also a work of art, where poetry and visual arts combine. Very well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bada on March 5, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
The illustrations in this book are incredible. They come at you from unusual and creative angles. They are so detailed and realistic you would almost swear they were photographs. They are primarily black, brown and white, with the only splashes of color coming from the karate student's belts. It surprising the illustrator did not win the Caldecott Medal for this book. Hopefully he'll do another book soon and get the deserved recognition.

The author does a nice job introducing the reader to the basic history and beliefs of karate in the note at the end of the book but her poetry in the main section is content free and requires some rather strained routes to close out her rhymes.

This book would be a great gift for any child under 10 just getting introduced to karate.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sherry North on March 10, 2008
Format: School & Library Binding
Karate Hour's powerful, rhythmic text captures the flow of karate, while the stunning illustrations make you feel like you're right there. My preschooler likes to follow along with the movements, even though he's not studying karate yet. This is one book you'll want to read again and again.

Review by Sherry North, Author, Because You Are My Baby
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By motherrisingdoula on December 14, 2010
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My 4 year old twin godsons want to read this book first every day. They decided to start taking karate lessons because of it. I don't even know why they like it so much; it's good, yes, but they're entranced like it's magic. I'm thrilled, so are their parents, and now the boys are learning how to be peaceful warriors. It all started with this book: how cool is that?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Editor of Lillian's Diaries VINE VOICE on August 22, 2013
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Bill Thomson's illustrations in "Karate Hour" by Carol Nevius say it all. The karate moves(katas)are shown in dramatic drawings which clearly show what the text is telling in words. The students shown are a diverse group....boys, girls, younger children and older children as well well balanced ethnic representation.

Carol Nevius' rhythmic test is easy to understand and limited to a small amount on each page. The text is perfect for second and third grade readers. I think this book is especially suited to the child who can read but is not given to sit for any length of time to do so. The illustrations will catch the reader's attention, draw him/her into the book and then the abbreviated text quickly answers the reader's questions of what is happening in the picture they are looking at on the page.

The explanation of both the beginnings of karate and its rules, as well as, the significance of the colors of the belts is interesting and could provoke a child/adult conversation.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Himri VINE VOICE on October 25, 2013
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Mesmerised by Karate, I didnt pay attention to the second word hour in the title. After getting my hands on the book, the title seemed familiar and the black and white style pictures brought 'Baseball hour' book by the same author and illustrator back to mind.
I learnt a lot of things that I didnt know about Karate. The pictures are breath taking as in the previous book with the zoomed in take. The discipline and the concentration that are involved in learning the art are shown very well in the pictures. some movie stars in south India got over addiction through practising Karate.
The rhyme didnt work too well.
It can become an activity book too if you make the kids do the bends and stretches as you read of them in the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. Beitler VINE VOICE on October 28, 2013
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This book isn't exactly what I expected it to be. It wasn't so much a story book as a rhyming book about typical events one would find in a karate class. It is short, easy to read, has very life-like illustrations, and has a informational section at the end that explains (in greater detail) what karate is, a bit about its origin, and what the different colored belts represent. This isn't a bad book, but it offers very little appeal to any children who are not already interested in the sport of karate. My son is one of those children who doesn't really care about karate. He read it once while sitting on my wife's lap, and neither of them said they would care to read it again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Wolf VINE VOICE on December 1, 2013
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This book is beautifully illustrated! I also own Baseball Hour -- in this book the illustrations are even more astounding.

While nicely written to me this book is more about engaging the child in the topic though the illustrations. A great book to engage young children in a reverent and fun conversation regarding Karate.
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