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The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters -- the team that changed basketball forever. In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot! You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers -- all rolled into one! You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you've-got, out-to-win-it, sky's-the- The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters -- the team that changed basketball forever. In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot! You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers -- all rolled into one! You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you've-got, out-to-win-it, sky's-the-limit BASKETBALL! You will find The Harlem Globetrotters , who played the most groundbreaking, breathtaking ball the world had ever seen. With rhythmic writing and dynamic illustrations, Swish! is a celebration of the greatness, goodness, and grit of this remarkable team.


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The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters -- the team that changed basketball forever. In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot! You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers -- all rolled into one! You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you've-got, out-to-win-it, sky's-the- The true story of the high-flying Harlem Globetrotters -- the team that changed basketball forever. In this book you will find one-finger ball-spinning, rapid-fire mini-dribbling, and a ricochet head shot! You will find skilled athletes, expert players, and electrifying performers -- all rolled into one! You will find nonstop, give-it-all-you've-got, out-to-win-it, sky's-the-limit BASKETBALL! You will find The Harlem Globetrotters , who played the most groundbreaking, breathtaking ball the world had ever seen. With rhythmic writing and dynamic illustrations, Swish! is a celebration of the greatness, goodness, and grit of this remarkable team.

30 review for Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brenda Kahn

    I remember watching the Globetrotters on television as a kid. Meadowlark Lemon was my fave along with Curly. Until reading this informative picture book, I never knew the history or how hard the players worked at a game they loved to play. Too bad the archival photos were crammed onto the end-pages making half of them inaccessible if you borrow the book from the library as I did. When I purchase this for my Picture Book Biography unit, I'm not taping down the cover. Tate's illustrative style is I remember watching the Globetrotters on television as a kid. Meadowlark Lemon was my fave along with Curly. Until reading this informative picture book, I never knew the history or how hard the players worked at a game they loved to play. Too bad the archival photos were crammed onto the end-pages making half of them inaccessible if you borrow the book from the library as I did. When I purchase this for my Picture Book Biography unit, I'm not taping down the cover. Tate's illustrative style is perfect for the this project. He captures the energy of the team brilliantly.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters is a children's picture book written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Don Tate. It is a lively look at the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters is an American exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Slade's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. Slade has done careful, thorough research, easily engaging young readers as Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters is a children's picture book written by Suzanne Slade and illustrated by Don Tate. It is a lively look at the history of the Harlem Globetrotters. The Harlem Globetrotters is an American exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. Slade's text is rather simplistic, straightforward, and informative. Slade has done careful, thorough research, easily engaging young readers as they learn about the Globetrotters' groundbreaking history. Robust backmatter bolsters the account, including a detailed timeline that’s thoughtfully printed on the inside pages of the endpapers so that pasted-down jacket flaps will not obscure any of it. Tate’s dynamic digital pictures capture the players' perseverance as they prove instrumental in integrating pro basketball and score legions of fans, and a comprehensive timeline rounds out the book. The premise of the book is rather straightforward. After Black members of a 1922 championship high school team from Chicago's South Side are barred from competing at the next level, they band together in this true story. In 1927, the team that will become the Harlem Globetrotters takes to the road in a Model T, picking up games with anyone who would play, despite being turned away from hotels and eateries. When locals resent the team beating home players, the Globetrotters develop their now-trademark tricks and footwork to win crowds over. All in all, Swish!: The Slam-Dunking, Alley-Ooping, High-Flying Harlem Globetrotters is a dynamic style of the Globetrotters and how they influenced American history.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Long ago, my husband and I saw the Harlem Globetrotters and they were fabulous! Suzanne Slade brief text tells the story nearly in motion like the players, starting with boys in Chicago's South Side, through years of play and recruiting, tours in small U.S. country towns, finally leading to tours all over the world. A few highlights include their win over the all-white Minnesota Lakers. Not long after, teams began to recruit black players. Don Tate's illustrations barely allow these Globetrotte Long ago, my husband and I saw the Harlem Globetrotters and they were fabulous! Suzanne Slade brief text tells the story nearly in motion like the players, starting with boys in Chicago's South Side, through years of play and recruiting, tours in small U.S. country towns, finally leading to tours all over the world. A few highlights include their win over the all-white Minnesota Lakers. Not long after, teams began to recruit black players. Don Tate's illustrations barely allow these Globetrotters to sit. They're always dribbling that ball, twirling it on one finger, making one-handed dunk shots. Some of the players are named, but most of the story is the long history and the opening page is a timeline! Letters at the back from Slade and Tate give some added interesting information. Children who read this and want more, they can find it on the internet, including some brief clips of the team in action on YouTube. They've canceled a world tour because of the pandemic, but there are dates shown about resuming in 2021.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alecia

    This was such an interesting book with great opportunities for discussion with my kindergartener and 3rd grader. We had recently read a book about Jackie Robinson (Play Ball by Stephen Krensky) which takes place almost the same year as this story begins so it was interesting for us to see that parallel. I am familiar with the Harlem Globetrotters, but I knew nothing about how they began, and how they began is just fascinating. I think so many people think of them as this fun, silly, and also tal This was such an interesting book with great opportunities for discussion with my kindergartener and 3rd grader. We had recently read a book about Jackie Robinson (Play Ball by Stephen Krensky) which takes place almost the same year as this story begins so it was interesting for us to see that parallel. I am familiar with the Harlem Globetrotters, but I knew nothing about how they began, and how they began is just fascinating. I think so many people think of them as this fun, silly, and also talented team, but knowing how they started as this group of black players not allowed to play professional basketball league, really just makes the team all that more special. After reading the book, we watched a video of the modern day Harlem Globetrotters which my daughters loved, and even then you can compare and contrast the recent video to the book and how the team got started (women are now on the team, the diversity of their audience, even different uniforms, etc.)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    I've seen the Harlem Globetrotters several times and remember with great fondness their extraordinary talent - both for comedy and for sheer athleticism. This lively picture book captures this important aspect but the heart of the book lies in the history of the team and the racism that lies at the core of the team's beginnings. Slade and Tate team up skillfully here, pairing dynamic vocabulary and illustrations that perfect for their subject. Tate's elongated and energetic figures bounce around I've seen the Harlem Globetrotters several times and remember with great fondness their extraordinary talent - both for comedy and for sheer athleticism. This lively picture book captures this important aspect but the heart of the book lies in the history of the team and the racism that lies at the core of the team's beginnings. Slade and Tate team up skillfully here, pairing dynamic vocabulary and illustrations that perfect for their subject. Tate's elongated and energetic figures bounce around the pages wonderfully reflecting the action on the court. Back matter includes an extensive Author's Note and an Illustrator's Note which provide additional information and insight. End papers include a lengthy timeline and photos. This one's a slam dunk!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ellon

    This wasn’t my favorite book but I think it might be because I’m not all that into basketball. I do think it would interest kids, especially if shown clips of the Globetrotters. I like that the books shows their determination and struggle although I did find the pace of the book to be slightly off (I can’t really explain why though 🤷🏻‍♀️). I like that there were exciting movement words that were highlighted in different colored text. I enjoyed Tate’s illustrations as I usually do. So while it wa This wasn’t my favorite book but I think it might be because I’m not all that into basketball. I do think it would interest kids, especially if shown clips of the Globetrotters. I like that the books shows their determination and struggle although I did find the pace of the book to be slightly off (I can’t really explain why though 🤷🏻‍♀️). I like that there were exciting movement words that were highlighted in different colored text. I enjoyed Tate’s illustrations as I usually do. So while it wasn’t /my/ favorite book, I still plan on purchasing it for my school library.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Brehl

    What a remarkable book this is, and I am a tiny voice among many more empowered ones to say so. They text reveals the injustice and hardship, but also the joyful physicality of the Harlem Globetrotters. The reasons behind their need to take this alternative approach to sharing their talents will be revealing to many. I was aware, and yet the facts left me fuming. Even so, their unequalled talent, their global success, and Don Tate’s illustrations are celebrations of magnificence.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jo Oehrlein

    Honestly, I'd never thought of the Harlem Globetrotters as ground breaking. They've always been there. They wer good basketball players, but also clowns and entertainers. They had a slick show. They were on TV in animated shows and in basketball games and in real-life as they toured the US. It's interesting to realize that they started as a way for black basketball players to continue playing post high-school at a time when pro basketball teams wouldn't hire blacks. Honestly, I'd never thought of the Harlem Globetrotters as ground breaking. They've always been there. They wer good basketball players, but also clowns and entertainers. They had a slick show. They were on TV in animated shows and in basketball games and in real-life as they toured the US. It's interesting to realize that they started as a way for black basketball players to continue playing post high-school at a time when pro basketball teams wouldn't hire blacks.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    Learn about the creation of the amazing Harlem Globetrotters--the trendsetting, record breaking, brilliant athletes that used their skills, speed, and expertise to change the field of professional basketball forever.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michele Knott

    Loved learning more about this basketball team. I think there is so much evolution from their beginnings to the team they eventually became. I would love a sequel that shares more information about that!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Kifflie

    This is a quick introduction to the Harlem Globetrotters, from their beginnings in Chicago in 1927, to the present day. Don Tate's illustrations are swooping, colorful, and have all of the energy of this unique basketball team. This is a quick introduction to the Harlem Globetrotters, from their beginnings in Chicago in 1927, to the present day. Don Tate's illustrations are swooping, colorful, and have all of the energy of this unique basketball team.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rhonda Jenkins

    This is a great picture book directed at younger readers. It will show them the amazing skills of these black athletes in a time when the US was segregated. They will also learn how the Globetrotters brought blacks and whites together all because of the love of basketball.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kelly

    This was a cool book and really informative and interesting. The illustrations are great, too, and I think Don Tate did a great job with them with what he had available. Also, the cover under the jacket is legit good.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Lisa D

    What a terrific biography ! Loved it! Worthy of any & all awards!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Holly Mueller

    I didn't know about the Harlem Globetrotters playing and winning against the Lakers. I enjoyed learning about their history. I always enjoy Don Tate's illustrations. I didn't know about the Harlem Globetrotters playing and winning against the Lakers. I enjoyed learning about their history. I always enjoy Don Tate's illustrations.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Niki (Daydream Reader)

    Love this book about the Harlem Globetrotters! I loved watching them when I was a kid. This would be a fun book to read and then show clips of them in action!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Simpson

    I love this one!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Miss Sarah

    An elementary level picture book biography of the Harlem Globetrotters and the influence they had on the NBA recruiting players of multi races.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Evans

    For: basketball fans; readers wanting a colorful picture book discussion of the creation and history of the Harlem Globetrotters. Possible red flags: racism and segregation.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marcie

    Make sure you look at the case cover for this and I am hopeful it garners some ALAYM award love. I can see this also being useful for kids and their teachers who may not know sports history.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    I’ve always wanted to see the Harlem Globetrotters in person. After reading this, I kind of feel like I have. Wonderfully done!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marco Almendarez-Withrow

    this book is about basketball skilled players and athletes. cool shots, 0ne finger ball spinning. and good dribbling. you will find Harlem Globetrotter who played the breathtaking groundbreaking ball in the world u will ever see.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Raj Ofthedance

  24. 5 out of 5

    MEH

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

  26. 5 out of 5

    Caroline

  27. 5 out of 5

    Alexis

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Charley Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

  30. 5 out of 5

    Miss Grady

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