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The Man Who Invented Basketball

James Naismith and His Amazing Game

Series: Genius at Work! Great Inventor Biographies

By Edwin Brit Wyckoff

Edwin Brit Wyckoff illustrates James Naismith’s difficult childhood in Ontario, Canada in the mid- to late 19th century, and connects his past difficulties with making positive contributions to others. The author shows how the inventor evolved as a person and how the game that he invented evolved as a sport.

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Reviews

"The story of how James Naismith invented the game of basketball is told in a very engaging way."

Erie 2–Chautauqua–Cattaraugus Board of Cooperative Educational Services

"Well executed, with a combination of easy-to-read text, original sources, and background on both the person and the invention . . . The portrayal of the path from idea to execution is excellent . . . Also included are some hard-to-find facts . . . These biographies are interesting enough to read for personal interest as well as well as for reports."

School Library Journal, July 2008

"In simple terms, Wyckoff explains how Naismith's childhood inspired his career choices and his invention of basketball."

The Horn Book Guide, Spring 2008

"Very readable for young devotees of the sport. This visually appealing book is a sure winner . . . Excellent purchase for elementary schools."

TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, November 2007

"It provides an excellent example of a biography that starts with an anecdote from the famous person’s life, using flashback, rather than the typical chronological order so many children’s books employ."

Arlington Independent School District, February 13, 2010

"Young sports researchers will be fascinated with this child-friendly look at the inventor of a great American ballgame . . . This book will find a place in any library with students interested in basketball."

Library Media Connection, November/December 2007

". . . young hoops devotees will enjoy the details of a favorite sport’s infancy, particularly the peach cartons that originally served as baskets."

Booklist, September 1, 2007

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