Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, dear friends. Today’s selection is a definite SLAM-DUNK! As someone who was born and raised in New York City, I’ve been a fan of the Harlem Globetrotters for decades. I’m also a huge fan of Suzanne Slade and Don Tate. So, when I heard about their new book which launches next week, I knew I had to share it with you.
THE SLAM-DUNKING, ALLEY-OOPING, HIGH-FLYING HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS
Written by Suzanne Slade
Illustrated by Don Tate
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Themes: Integration, Teamwork, Sports
Synopsis: From Amazon:
The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters — the team that changed basketball forever.
In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot!
You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers — all rolled into one!
You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you’ve-got, out-to-win-it, sky’s-the-limit BASKETBALL!
You will find The Harlem Globetrotters, who played the most groundbreaking, breathtaking ball the world had ever seen. With rhythmic writing and dynamic illustrations, Swish! is a celebration of the greatness, goodness, and grit of this remarkable team.
Why I love this book:
- The story – I love stories where the little guy (or in this case, the big guys) overcomes hurdles and succeeds – and it’s a story about believing in yourself and teamwork – and how change does happen – although not always for the ‘right’ reasons. The basketball teams hired black players, not because the owners felt black players deserved equal rights, but because they wanted to win games.
- The illustrations – Don Tate – need I say more?
- The text – filled with power and energy, just like these amazing players.
Make An Indoor Basketball Game
Lots of fun for the little ones – and it develops hand/eye coordination. Just take a paper cup, cut the bottom, tape to the wall slightly above head height of your child. Use a small rubber ball or crumple a piece of aluminum foil into a ball shape.
And here are many more basketball craft ideas:
For detailed instructions: http://aboutfamilycrafts.com/16-diy-basketball-projects/
And don’t forget to hop over to read a post on the Nerdy Book Club that Suzanne and Don did on the research for SWISH! lHere is the link to that Nerdy Book Club post .
Plus, here’s the awesome trailer:
I hope you all get your hands on a copy of SWISH! It’s available for pre-order at your favorite indie bookstore. And fortunately for us, there is a copy up for grabs as a giveaway, thanks to Suzanne Slade. Just leave a comment – and share on social media for additional tickets in the giveaway hat.
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!