Karate hour is starting now.
Dressed and belted, we all bow.
Karate class begins, and students come together to practice their blocks and stances--from crescent kicks to front kicks to tuck-roll-stands. They wear colored belts that show their ranks, and they recite the training pact they've made with their teacher.
Readers will enjoy the rhythmic text and the dramatic drawings in varying perspectives that highlight karate as a defensive yet graceful discipline. They will learn about karate's origins and the meaning of the colored belts. Self-esteem, respect for others, and nonviolent behavior--these are some of the values that karate strives to develop in each individual.
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About the Author
Carol Nevius lives in Coral Springs Florida, with her husband, Hugh, and their three children. She teaches Language Arts at Westglades Middle School.
Bill Thomson is the celebrated creator of Chalk and Fossil and the illustrator of Baseball Hour, Karate Hour, Soccer Hour, and Building with Dad, all written by Carol Nevius. Thomson's books have received many accolades: the National Parenting Publications Gold Award, designation as a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association, a Teachers' Choices selection from the International Reading Association, a Booklist Editors' Choice, the Connecticut Book Award for Children's Illustrator, Kentucky's Bluegrass Award, Ohio's Buckeye Children's & Teen Book Award, and the Prix Livrentête in Paris, France. Thomson's artwork has also received more than seventy-five awards in the country's most prestigious juried illustration competitions.
Thomson lives with his family in Southington, Connecticut, and is also a professor of illustration at the University of Hartford. To see more of his artwork, visit www.billthomson.com.