while in the sports arena
This just in: Tae Kwon Do! by Terry Pierce. A diverse group of kids go to Tae Kwon Do class and do a diverse group of activites. It's a very easy early reader, with two-four word sentences in an ABAB rhyme scheme that's pleasant to read aloud, too. I'm not crazy about the look of it, because all the kid's faces have this hyper-impressionistic bulging-light effect which leaves them looking like junior alcoholics or displaced elves from "Rudodolph the Red Nose Reindeer." But I appreciate the obvious attention to detail (the kids wear protective gear, for example.)
I'll try it out on my son tonight. Books that pack so much action into so few words are very precious around here.