100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

100 Things to Know About Sport – at a glance

The School Reading Lists’ five word review: Sport, history, cultures, science, future.
Children’s book title: 100 Things to Know About Sport.
Children’s author: Jerome Martin, Alice James, Tom Mumbray and Micaela Tapsell.
Children’s illustrator: Federico Mariani, Parko Polo, Dominique Byron, Jake Williams and Anton Hallmann.
Genre: Children’s nonfiction.
Published by: Usborne.
ISBN: 9781803701332.
Recommended for children aged: 8-11 year-olds.
First published: Hardback July 2024.
This children’s book is ideal for: Topic work in the run-up to the Olympic Games.

100 Things to Know About Sport by Usborne

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Our review:

How have cheetahs inspired sprinters? Why aren’t sumo wrestlers allowed to drive? How can exercise make you feel different emotions? How did a swimming pool inspire cool skateboarding tricks? Why should you listen to music whilst swimming? 100 Things to Know About Sport is jam-packed with intriguing and amusing sports facts.

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With a bit of history, different cultures, science and possibilities in the future, there’s something for everyone. Engaging information includes the men’s football World Cup trophy and its adventure with a dog named Pickles and how learning handstands is a must if you want to be good at gymnastics. This book will interest children from 8 years and up, many adults will be also fascinated by some of the details!

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Our verdict:

Entertaining illustrations animate the short and precise facts. The clear explanations and bright illustrations make this a book that is easily accessible and one that you can dip in and out of or read to the end. Less confident learners will become absorbed in information involving groovy tunes, rat poison and flying boats. Part of an award-winning series, 100 Things to Know About Sport is educational, fun and good value for money.

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