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The Greatest Moments in Sports: Upsets and Underdogs Hardcover – September 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 6
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Har/Com edition (September 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 140227226X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402272264
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #287,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–9—Forty years as a sportscaster gives Berman plenty of experience to choose the 25 greatest sports moments. His writing is lively, humorous, and informative—just right to sustain kids' (or adults') interest. Quality photos throughout are another plus. Each of the entries for the individuals chosen includes a brief biographical profile with birth date, birthplace, height, weight, and a fact about their accomplishments. Other boxes feature interesting trivia such as the price of a baseball ticket in the 1930s being a little more than a dollar. Another describes the amazing typical breakfast for swimmer Michael Phelps. An audio CD that includes many of the moments as they were broadcast live is part of the package. A "Listen to the Moment" icon appears in the text to cue readers. Another positive is that definitions of various terms (e.g., horse racing's Triple Crown) are in the text instead of in a separate glossary. Of course, there are a few minor details that aren't so great, too. Only two women: Nadia Comaneci (her perfect 10 performance in the 1976 Olympics) and Billy Jean King (her highly publicized match against Bobby Riggs in 1973) and one women's team (1999 U.S. Women's World Cup Soccer) are highlighted. Arthur Ashe's profile (his 1975 Wimbledon Championship) omits the cause of his early death and his fight against AIDS discrimination. Nonetheless, this is an excellent choice for anyone who is into sports.—Kate Kohlbeck, Randall School, Waukesha, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ESPN sportscaster Len Berman has collected 25 accounts of upsets in a wide variety of sports, from baseball and boxing to tennis and track. The energetic narrative reads like an ESPN broadcast, establishing the necessary background to understand the overwhelming odds against success, then providing a dramatic description of the amazing victories. Well designed with plenty of photographs and boxed related information, this will attract sports fans and reluctant readers. However, many photographs appear without captions, and many statements and quotations lack sources. Accompanied by an audio CD. Grades 4-7. --Linda Perkins

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This was a good book and easy to read.
Carolyn Sauer
After you read the stories, you can pop in the CD and listen to the first hand accounts of what you just read.
The Pampered Lamb
Um, Boise State has been called a lot of things, but I'm fairly certain that "Cowboys" is not one of them.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By David Johnston on November 17, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My son LOVES this book and I am loving the interaction it has brought us as well. My six year old son looks through the book, picks out the next sport he wants to read about, and then we learn about the characters (we are reading about boxing tonight and basketball after that!). He's so into it, he actually brushes his teeth early so we can have time to read the book together!

Thus far, we've read the US Women's soccer, Miracle on Ice, Secretariat, and David Tyree's catch. Each time, we've listened to the CD audio clip and then gone on to the computer and watched various videos/highlights of each event.

Early highlights:

- My son now has ingrained in his head that the Preakness will always run around his birthday and is held in the city where a friend of his just moved to and he now wants to go to it! Tremendous.

- My son now understands that when a team is supposed to lose, but wins, it is called an UPSET. Priceless.

I highly recommend this book to any parent who enjoys bonding with their child (while educating him/her about some of the greatest sports moments, figures, and teams of all time.

Lastly, I am also purchasing a bunch to give to clients as holiday presents - nothing better than to give a gift that will keep on giving - and hopefully they'll think of me occassionally!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Higgins Jr. on September 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This book is accessible to both pre-teens without being patronizing at all. Its really a reference that can be enjoyed many times between parents and their children. Any child into sports will certainly enjoy this book, and it is also worth checking out "The 25 Greatest Baseball Players of All Time" by Len Berman which was also released recently and is very similar in style.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Alan D. Hale on January 30, 2010
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Exellent book and CD. Although it is supposed to be for teenagers, it was just as good for adults as well!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By fergie on May 3, 2011
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I sent this to my young sports obsessed nephew as part of his birthday present. From what I have been told, he didn't want to put it down when he got it. I have not seen the book because I had it shipped directly to him, but apparently it is well written and interesting enough to keep a seven year old boy reading!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zachary Koenig on February 27, 2011
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This neat little book serves two primary purposes:

First, it will allow the budding sports enthusiast to read about some of the greatest feats in all of the sporting world. Baseball, football, tennis, hockey, basketball, Olympics, and more are covered in the volume. The information is far too general to appeal to the more seasoned sports fan, but for the beginner it is perfect.

Also, in order to grab those young imaginations even further, a CD is included that allows you to listen to some of the events actually taking place. About 10 of the events described in the book are on the CD in their original broadcast form, which brings the excitement to life just that much more.

Basically, if your young sports fan is already watching Sportscenter and reading history books, skip this effort because it is too simple/general. However, if the youngster is just beginning to tune into the magic of sports, you can't go wrong with "The Greatest Moments In Sports"!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LJJ on December 14, 2009
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My son saw this book in SI kids and wanted it for his birthday. It is great! The cd is great too,,,,,just to listen to those wonder moments, especially the US hockey miracle. My son even read the entire book! and listened to the cd. Great for young and old alike!From the Babe- to Hank-.Arthur Ashe-Michael Phelps-Billie Jean King- Nadia-Jackie-Roger Bannister-Jordan-the 69 Mets-Gretzky-Jesse Owens-Ali-Wilt Chamberlain- it's all here. My son could learn about famous moments from the past too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Pampered Lamb on February 19, 2010
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Wow! I love the way this book is written. It's not pretentious and while sport fans will flock to it, this is great for sport historians, people wanting to get into sports and of course...kids!

The pictures chosen were perfect, the stories were just told as stories, and not in an elitist "you should know this to call yourself a sport fan" way. While there were a lot of stats given, for sports newbies, they were presented in an easy to understand manner. For those that like to collect stats, all the info is neatly presented.

My son loved/s this book. It's fun, colorful, and full of imagery. Most importantly, this book isn't written for boys. It's written for kids (although to be honest, I enjoyed it just as much). There are so many sports covered in the book, that your child is sure to find one that he will become obsessed with and make you read to them over and over.

The CD that is included with this book is also great. After you read the stories, you can pop in the CD and listen to the first hand accounts of what you just read. That alone is worth it. Having a sports themed party? This is the perfect goody-bag book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 7, 2010
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I bought this for my son and he loves it. At 8 years old he has other interests besides sports right now but he wants to get into the same stuff as dad. This was a great way for us to talk sports together!
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