HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z
Executive Editor: Stephanie Maze
Publisher: Moonstone Press LLC, 2014
Related website: http://www.moonstonepress.net (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Ages 3 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Maze, Stephanie. Keeping Fit from A to Z / Mantente en forma de la A a la Z (published in 2014 by Moonstone Press LLC, 4816 Carrington Circle, Sarasota, FL 34243). What do you like to do to help you keep fit? Exercise has been considered important since the time of the ancient Greeks, who invented the Olympic Games in 776 B. C. and coined the phrase “a healthy mind in a healthy body,” believing that physical exercise is as important as the development of the mind. This bilingual alphabet picture book in both English and Spanish is designed to inspire children to stay active and healthy while, at the same time, introducing them to new vocabulary in two languages. It features over one hundred colorful photographs with descriptive text of a variety of physical activities, sports, and children’s games. Do you like to do archery, baseball, croquet, or diving? Would you enjoy esquia cuesta abajo, futbol, hacer malabarismos, or impulsate en el columpio?
Following the eighteen pages illustrating the vast array of physical activities in the world today, from aerobics to zigzaguea, there is an additional section with suggestions for “Other Activities You Can Try,” “Fun Things You Can Also Do,” and “Games You Can Play,” plus a page of “Parents, Did You Know…?” information. Keeping Fit from A to Z would make a great resource for homeschool families to provide ideas for implementing physical education into their curriculum. And there is the added benefit for those who are trying to learn either English or Spanish. Whether it’s jumping with joy on a trampoline or practicing karate kicks in class, kids will learn that exercise is key to one’s health and wellbeing. The book is scheduled to be released on September 1, 2014.