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Basketball Belles by Sue Macy
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Mar 09, 12

really liked it
bookshelves: sports, juvenile-non-fiction
Read in March, 2012

This is a fun book, at its best when the illustrator overwhelms the very limited text. Not that the text is bad, but without the illustrations it would be fairly dry.
It's about the first collegiate-level women's basketball game, held in 1896 between Stanford and U.C. Berkeley. It was considered un-ladylike to have men attend such a game as fans, so only women were allowed in the stands. The only men in the building were the janitors, who had to fix the basket during the game.
The rules for women's basketball are only partially explained in this book, which is its only real weakness. At that time, they were different from the men's rules, in order to keep women from over-exerting themselves or breaking into an unladylike dew of perspiration.
The book includes some really fun notes about the viewpoint character of the story, a real woman who wrote her own books later, and some of her teammates. I recommend this book for girls interested in sports and the history of women's athletics.
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