From School Library Journal
Grade 4-8?This ambitious entry in the DK lineup serves up both the virtues and vices found in other titles in the series. In one page, it attempts to give the historical perspective of the game?going all the way back to 500 B.C. and progressing through monastery games, to the relatively modern first Wimbledon match in 1877. The following double-page spread gets down to business with the equipment and clothes needed to play the game. The young Andorran author's insights into the world of professional tennis will fascinate young readers. The format is crisp, with an abundance of photographs supplemented by sidebars. Although this treatment is great for a catalog approach to clothes and equipment, it does not work when demonstrating movement. Tennis novices' heads will be spinning as they try to follow the basic shot spreads that offer up to 12 photos breaking up movement, diagrams of the court, tactical advice, italicized information, captions, and variations. Some of the shots described as "basic" are clearly for advanced players. Newcomers to the game will fare better with Skip Singleton's The Junior Tennis Handbook (Shoe Tree, 1991) or George Sullivan's Better Tennis for Boys and Girls (Putnam, 1987; o.p.).?Marilyn Payne Phillips, University City Public Library, MO
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Gr. 4^-6. There's always a question about how much kids can actually learn from reading a how-to book about a sport. Certainly it's a little bit easier with the Dorling Kindersley format, which uses crisp color photographs to take readers through warm-up exercises, basic grips and strokes, and different types of play, such as doubles. Vicario, an Olympic tennis player, gives the commentary on the photos and adds her own tips. This will probably be most useful to the enthusiast who is already taking tennis lessons, but nonplayers may enjoy paging through it as spectators. Ilene Cooper