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Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping, Throwing, and More

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  111 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Exhilarating, all-new, kid-friendly rhymes capture the range of emotions, from winning to losing to the sheer joy of participating, that children experience as they discover the games of their choice. Jack Prelutsky, a virtuoso at making poetry fun for the elementary school crowd, includes in this inspired collection poems about baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimmin ...more
ebook, 40 pages
Published March 2nd 2011 by Dragonfly Books (first published September 18th 2006)
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Jessica Sheaffer
Mar 10, 2013 Jessica Sheaffer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Chris Raschka won the Caldecott Medal in 2006 for his illustrations in, The Hello, Good-bye Window. Raschka also won Caldecott Honors for his illustrations in, Yo! Yes?, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop, and Five for a Little One. In the book, Good Sports, Chris Raschka used vibrant watercolors in stark contrast with each page’s crisp, white background. Raschka used layers of color, giving the images depth and texture, much like a collage would create. The subjects are painted in the abstract. The i ...more
Megumi Shavers
This book of poems falls under the category of poetry. It is for children in the age group of P. The author is considered America's first children's poet laureate. This book was considered an ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book of 2008. This book had seventeen poems about different sports. The poems described the experiences and emotions of the child as he participates in the sports. The theme is in this book is determination. Regardless if you win or lose as long as you tried your best thats all t ...more
Jan 17, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anything by Jack Prelutsky is fabulous! He is this generation's Shel Silverstein. Some of his poems would work well for playlettes.
May 02, 2012 Brooke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it because it was dedicated to my grandma.
Sweet on Books
My son absolutely loves books that involve sports so I’m always looking for really good ones. I scour the bookstores for anything to break up the monotony of the “play by play” that is so often the formula in this genre, so when I saw this book by Jack Prelutsky, I thought, “what a find.” I was thrilled to be able to offer my son a book that combined sports AND poetry – and in a fun and accessible format. Each two-page spread depicts a short poem and zippy illustration to highlight another sport ...more
Nov 19, 2013 Nora rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jack Prelutsky, an award winning writer and prolific poet, has written over 50 collections of poetry. Good Sports is an entertaining collection of poems, which celebrate sports and being “good sports”. The poems are about doing sports such as baseball, soccer, basketball, football but they are also about running, jumping, throwing a frisbee and being active. Many of the poems are written in first person as children are engaged in the activity. They are not about winning but are about playing har ...more
Laura Driskell
May 02, 2013 Laura Driskell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-book
This 2006 Caldecott Medal winner is a great poetry books that has rhymes about running, jumping, throwing. Poems about different sports and the movements that go along with that particular sport. There is Baseball, soccer, football, skating, swimming, gymnastics, basketball, karate, and many other sports. The watercolor illustrations easy display the sport, and go along with the text. The layering effect of the water colors make the illustrations pop out from the white background. My favorite is ...more
Ginta Harrigan
Oct 12, 2011 Ginta Harrigan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I do not like sports but I liked “Good Sports” by Jack Prelutsky. Prelutsky uses rhyme to describe various sports activities – gymnastics, swimming, basketball to name a few.

Prelutsky humorously uses rhyme throughout the book. The rhyme has a musical quality that makes the reading easy and fun. Prelutsky writes, “Though I like to swim I don’t swim very well. I swim like a fish that’s been sick for a spell. I flop in the pool, and I flounder around my friends laugh and say I should stay on the g
Sep 30, 2011 Toneeshia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good Sports is a poetry book for primary aged children. It is a 2008 A.L.A. Notable Children's Book. Good Sports describes different sports including basketball, soccer, and gymnastics. I feel this book deserves five stars because the book is just so appealing. The illustrations are the most appealing aspect of the book. The art is genuine with obvious paint strokes along with other painting techniques, it appears the illustrator used a sponge and maybe a stamp to add to the illustrations giving ...more
Mattie Troyer
Sep 07, 2016 Mattie Troyer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was charming! The rhyming made the pages turn effortlessly and the illustrations were done beautifully. I would strongly recommend this story to a young classroom because of it's fun rhymes and encouragement to be active. The book covers a wide variety of sports for both boys and girls likely to grab their interest. I believe that reading this book before a gym class or recess would help get students excited to be more active. I will defiantly be reading this to my future classes.
Paige Freeman
Feb 24, 2015 Paige Freeman rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I was drawn to this book because it was given a Poetry Foundation award, but I honestly did not like it very much. I thought the poems had a negative tone within them that just kept showing children failing at the activity they were playing. I'm sure it was to make it seem humorous but I think it is indirectly suggesting that teasing others is socially appropriate. The watercolor illustrations were very abstract and were distracting from the text. The poems themselves were all written in the sam ...more
Susan Love
This poetry book jumped out at me because of its title, creative cover illustrations, and well-known children's poetry author. As today's children are often pressured to play as many sports as possible, I love this book's message of trying different things, focusing on the positive, and having a good time. I think it is great that the poetry in this book showcases trying many types of sports and sometimes there will be success, and other times you will find that a particular sport is just not a ...more
Leslie Kress
Feb 25, 2015 Leslie Kress rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Good Sports by Jack Prelutsky is an engaging book about sports poems. Each poem is about a sport and Prelutsky’s poems range from basketball to Frisbee to skating. The children in the poem are upbeat and having fun. It is clear they are not always good at the sport they are playing, but they are happy and determined, which sends a great message to children. I like that the poems are fun, but there are also some good vocabulary words such as epitome and asteroid. The water-colored illustrations a ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry-book
"Good Sports: Rhymes about running, jumping throwing and more" is written by Jack Prelutsky and illustrated by Chris Raschka. the book is a kid-friendly book that shows the children's who are reading it, different types of emotions, from winning to losing. the authors includes the theme of sports with his poems and shows the kids the best way to a good sport. whether you are playing in a team sports, individual sports, and even backyard frisbee tossing, the poems tell all. i illustration really ...more
Paul  Hankins
What's not to like. . .a collection of poems about sports from our first Children's Poet Laureate, Jack Prelutsky coupled with the imaginative, fill-the-page-with-color artwork of Chris Raschka!

What I like most about this collection is a focus on doing one's best and aspiring to reach higher goals that is found within the pieces. A boy who swims knows he is not a champion swimmer, but he is growing and enjoying the time in the water. A baseball team wonders how it can have 94 runs and still lose
Michelle Jacobs
Depicts moments in sports that are both exciting, embarrassing, heroic and disappointing. The moment one strikes out, scores a basket, gets tackled and runs across the finish line.
This is a children’s poetry book. It is a complication under the theme of sport paired with watercolor paintings. The poetry playfully describes the thoughts of athletes during their sports and the emotions tagged with it. The emotions are light-hearted and show the true ups and downs of sport and the try again mental
Nov 17, 2009 Bernice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I love the watercolored illustrations in this book. As I read each poem, I cherished the small simplistic illustrations that gave this book a fun feeling! Each page of this book, celebrates a sport and the experiences of a child playing it. Whether it goes the right way or not, each message gives off a positive sportsmanship point of view. Each poem is fun-loving and often uses metaphors in its writing. I loved one particular poem about a child's experience learning how to swim. He or she says, ...more
I found this book sitting out at the library and it was a real find! This is a poetry book all about different sports. This would be great use especially with boys who may be reluctant or uninterested in writing/reading poetry. The illustrations are soft and subtle with the use of watercolors. Within each poem the use of color is limited to two or three colors. The pictures are muted and in many cases not gender specific. I could see using this book with older children to give them a starting of ...more
NS Kelley
Nov 17, 2009 NS Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
This poetry book is filled with rhyming poetry about various sports. It highlights on the fun had while playing the sport rather than being spectacular at it. It talks about kids who make attempts at touchdowns, home runs, and slam dunks, but may have not quite been the star of the team. The pictures int he book are very creative because it looks as if it was illustrated by a child. All of the illustrations are two page spreads that capture the emotions and motions of the kids while playing the ...more
(NS) - Heather Hayman
This is another great book written by acclaimed author Jack Prelutsky. It's full of fun rhymes about all different kinds of sports and games. There are a total of seventeen untitled poems, presented with beautiful illustrations by Chris Raschka. The poems describe the various experiences of young athletes as they participate in a variety of physical activities. It truly captures the joy and passion involved with the love of a particular sport. It is also a fun book for teachers who are intereste ...more
Clare Mcpherson
Oct 31, 2013 Clare Mcpherson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I liked this collection because the children can relate to sports. But the poem I chose wasto help them know that its not always about beingthe best and winning its about enjoying the game.

I hd to slide into the plate
It was my only chance
Though if I hadn't slid, then I
Would not have lost my pants.

The batter hits the ball my way
I watch it sil aloft
I miss the catch, it hits my head-
A softball isn't soft.

I din't beat the trowto first
And now my face is red
Next time when I'm on second base
I'll run to
Mar 17, 2010 Dena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Reading Level: 1st - 5th Grade
This collection of poems are about different sports - baseball, soccer, gymnastics, basketball,swimming, football. playing frisbee, ice skating, track,rollerblading, softball, and karate. There are cute illustrations that go with each poem. I liked that while some of the poems were longer, others were short. This collection won the won the Children's POET LAUREATE 2006-08. This would be good as a mentortext showing description or for a gym teacher.
Jul 15, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: kindergarten-fourth grade
This was a book that contained poems that had to do with different sports. I like this book because the poems were about something I thought kids could get excited about and relate to. I did not particularly care for the illustrations though, they are watercolors and ink and don't add a lot to the poems.

I think I will use some of these poems in different sports oriented book bags.
Janet Squires
From one of my favorites—a collection of sports poems celebrating the joy of playing both team and individual sports. Baseball, football, gymnastics and karate are just a few of the topics treated to Prelutsky’s special brand of humor.
Feb 24, 2016 Paul rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens-lit, sports
Amusing verse that captures the motivations and obstacles of sports for kids. Raschka's compelling illustrations - I love the outcome of his wide brush at work - capture all the energy and activity of sports.
L-Angelica Herrera-Vest
Mar 16, 2010 L-Angelica Herrera-Vest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Jack Prelutsky, author of Good Sports: Rhymes about Running, Jumping,Throwing and More, is a great book for young children. They would enjoy the rhymes about different sports. The book has some great words that can be used for vocabulary development with young students.
Hayli Wrigley
Dec 06, 2012 Hayli Wrigley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had awesome illustrations! This book would be great to get kids interested into poetry. It's hard to get boys interested in poetry and using the topic of sports could be the trick to get them interested. This book is also great for the moral of good sportsmanship it gives.
Caitlin Sabers
Feb 25, 2013 Caitlin Sabers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
These are great poems about sports. They are engaging, as are the illustrations. The illustrations are beautiful and full of color. The poems contain rhyming, rhythm, alliteration, repetition, and onomonopia. ,
This book is good to read to talk about sports. It can be a fun activity when the name of the sports are blocked from the students. From there, the students can guess what the paragraph is about. It will be a fun activity to do with the students.
Apr 27, 2012 kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Always a hit with kids who enjoy sports. Fun tongue twister I share with my kiddos to build excitement for poetry and to help them remember this fabulous author: "Prelutsky writes poetry perfectly for primary pupils!" :-)
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Jack Prelutsky is an American poet. He attended New York public schools, and later the High School of Music and Art and Hunter College. Prelutsky, who has also worked as a busboy, furniture mover, folk singer, and cab driver, claims that he hated poetry in grade school because of the way it was taught. He is the author of more than 30 poetry collections including Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your ...more
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