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Over the past few years more and more kids have turned away from stick-and-ball sports to explore activities oriented more toward the outdoors and the so-called "action sports." Filled with stunning color photography, this six-title series fires young readers' imaginations about the adventures that await them outside of the house. Each book offers information and tips on proper gear, safety considerations, emergency preparedness, and what to expect while engaging in some of the most popular outdoor sports available. Sidebar features highlight the accomplishments and records of some of the more daring adult adventurers in each field.
School Library Journal
Readers will easily be able to picture themselves enjoying the fun, dangerous hobbies in this series. Each book includes beginner advice as well as warnings about the dangers of attempting the sports without proper training. “Emergency!” sections in each book give tips for what to do when things go wrong. This series bonuses as natural science texts. For example, in Caving the science behind cave formations is explained. Inclusion of terminology and visual guides for tying some necessary climbing knots makes Rock Climbing very helpful for beginners. Some information is conflicting (Hiking says you can survive two to three days without water, Rock Climbing says three to four), and occasional Briticisms (like torch instead of flashlight) might confuse young American readers, but those are very small misses in what is otherwise a real hit. VERDICT A worthy purchase, especially if your collection is light on adventure
Rock climbing appeals to all ages, but it requires proper equipment, endurance, training, teamwork, and focused attention. It can be a strenuous day hike on a rocky trail or a thrilling scaling of a sheer cliff. No matter the choice, climbers must consider their preparedness for the task. This volume in the Adventure Sports series offers a brief overview that examines types of climbs and appropriate planning and gear for each. Turnbull stresses safety and offers advice for emergencies. The somewhat busy two-page spreads focus on a particular topic (e.g., belaying, ropes and knot tying, training on climbing walls) and feature limited narrative intermixed with generous text boxes and captioned photos. Strangely, no youth climbers appear in the illustrations despite being the book’s target audience. Still, this remains a practical primer on rock-climbing basics