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Reviewed by Laura Sumpter for Readers' Favorite
What It Takes to be a Pro Basketball Player by Joanne Mattern is an informative non-fiction book directed at elementary age students. This book clearly lays out information and the steps it takes in becoming a pro basketball player. The sports topic is one that students can easily relate to and find applicable ideas to add to their own basketball skills. Practical discussion is included, with information about food, healthy choices, and the daily lifestyle of basketball players. The book also addresses the history of the sport and the overall skill involved in playing basketball. The pages are broken down into readable areas, which are helpful for struggling readers or those with low reading stamina. There is a fun facts section included and a glossary that guides readers in finding keywords or information.
What It Takes to be a Pro Basketball Player by Joanne Mattern is a beautiful, eye-catching book for children. Specifically, elementary-aged boys and girls interested in the sport of basketball will find this book engaging. This book addresses detailed aspects of being a basketball player with detailed colorful photos. The topics Joanne Mattern has chosen to cover are practical for students and will keep their interest. I especially appreciated her highlighting sportsmanship and the importance of working hard to be successful. Overall, this book would be a welcome addition to any library or classroom setting. It will also provide an excellent resource for students who are working on expository works and need the information to add to their writing.