PLASTIC: LET’S LOOK AT THE FRISBEE
Royston, Angela. Plastic: Let’s Look at the Frisbee, Chicago, IL: Heinemann–Raintree, 2005. 24 pp. 978-1403476739. hardcover. $21.36
DESCRIPTION: whats inside?
Plastic: Let’s Look at the Frisbee is a title from Heinemann-Raintree Library’s Read and Learn children’s book series. In this installment, the author explores the material plastic through a popular object, the Frisbee. Each of its 6 chapters poses a question, like “What is a Frisbee?” or “How Strong is a Frisbee?” and then answers it in a few short sentences. In a concluding chapter there is a final quiz, recapping the information learned. On each page, color photos show children and teens artfully tossing or catching various Wham-O discs. The glossary and index assists young readers with finding specific information about the material plastic; and a “Note to Parents and Teachers”, offers suggestions on how to use this book to inspire discussions and further investigation.
Heinemann-Raintree Library is a PreK-Secondary publisher focused on providing resources that will inspire new readers. The Heinemann Read and Learn series is a collection of nonfiction books for younger readers aimed at helping students explore the world around them. The Heinemann Library advertises 100 books from a number of different Read and Learn series.
DISCUSSION: How is this relevant to disc sports?
So, why exactly am I reviewing a children’s book? Well, because it talks about the Frisbee. This title came up when I was searching for books about Ultimate and other disc sports, so I thought it would be fun to purchase a used copy and see what was inside. I wasn’t blown away by the treatment of the Frisbee, but for young readers, I guess, it is fairly on target.
As the youth divisions grow in Ultimate and other disc sports, it is important for Disc-Related publications to target those younger audiences. It will also help to introduce younger players to the available disc sport, so I am happy to know that this book is out there in the world.
CRITICAL EVALUATION: Any complaints?
One of my main complaints is that Plastic: Let’s Look at the Frisbee doesn’t offer avenues for young readers to pursue Ultimate, Disc Golf or any other disc sports, but the simple fact that the author choose to look at a Frisbee rather than a plastic action figure or Whiffle Ball bat is refreshing. Furthermore, my complaint doesn’t hold much water because the aim of the Material Detective series is not to investigate the sport or broad use of the material, but the material itself. Maybe Royston is a fan of the Frisbee or a player of disc sports and that is why she chose it. I couldn’t verify those musings, though. Since I am not an expert on children’s literature I can’t offer a critical perspective on the content, but in the hands of the right teacher this text could inspire investigation into the material used to make the modern day disc.
READERS ADVISORY: Keep reading!
I did a little searching online for books with this age group in mind and which had something to do with disc sports. Surprisingly, I found a couple. I couldn’t explore most of them that much, but thought I’d still offer a few suggestions: Frank the Forgetful Frisbee by Jo Marsden or Frisbee 1 Student’s Book by Alison Blair.
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