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Karate Hour

By Carol Nevius, Bill Thomson

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: USA, 01 April 2011

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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 energised 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
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

EAN: 9780761458401
ISBN: 0761458409
Publisher: Cavendish Square Publishing
Dimensions: 29.77 x 22.73 x 0.38 centimetres (0.29 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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