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Karate Hour (Booklist Editor's Choice. Books for Youth (Awards)) Hardcover – September 1, 2004
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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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The dojo comes alive with sound as a boy's face widens when he begins to make his voice known. "We energize. Our muscle flex. / We raise our arms, protect our necks. / We yell `Hai-ya!' and feel our power, / growing in karate hour." Bodies roll across the mats, slivers of wood fly as a foot breaks a board in two, and a girl gracefully leaps into the air. "Ki-ai!" It is time to spar while others watch while kneeling on the mats. Watch and learn, watch and learn. Karate Hour is coming to a close, but the skills and the philosophy will travel with them.
This is a fun, action-packed tale of a practice "Karate Hour" young practitioners will love. The sepia-toned, realistic photo-like illustrations spring to life in this book. The artwork is so realistic, the reader will think they are looking at photographs. The excitement of the sport is readily captured as young boys and girls practice their karate moves and exercises. This is not a book to learn karate moves, nor improve one's skills, but rather a short tale for the young karate enthusiast to enjoy. No doubt about it, Carol Nevius and Bill Thomson have another winner on their hands!
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The story tells about Karate Class in a way that captures the mood, the energy and the control of the class.Read more
The illustrations are well done.
It addresses much about karate: forms, respect, rules, stances, kicks, and it...Read more