Travel Back in History - History Bits
Winter is here in the Northern Hemisphere and while some of us like to cuddle up with a good book and hot chocolate in front of a nice fire (at least dream of doing so), others like to either watch or participate in winter sports.
With that in mind, here are a couple of selections that might appeal to a variety of folks:
Winter Sports by Natalie Regier
Includes topics on bobsledding, hockey, curling, luge, cross country skiing, downhill skiing, snowmobiling and skating. The book also has brainstorming activities, vocabulary and spelling activities, word reinforcement puzzles, concentration games, crosswords and word searches.
From Skisport to Skiing: One Hundred Years of an American Sport, 1840-1940 by E. John B. Allen
According to the book description on Amazon.com, skisport (a 19th-century term) was introduced by Scandinavians who settled in the upper Midwest and helped with mail delivery, doctors' house calls and shopping. The description goes on to say that in its original format it was mainly cross-country and that it wasn't until the turn of the century that the Alpine events (downhill, slalom) became popular and that it grew exponentially in the 1930s with the introduction of lifts.
Winterdance: The Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod by Gary Paulsen
A memoir wherein the author talks about enduring snowstorms, frostbite, dogfights, moose attacks, sleeplessness and hallucinations. Includes a map and color photographs.
The Winter Wilderness Companion: Traditional and Native American Skills for the Undiscovered Season by Garrett and Alexandra Conover
The authors, who were named to Outside magazine's "Twentieth Century Heroes for a New Millenium", try to show the reader how to celebrate the season instead of just enduring it. Book includes plans and detailed instructions for making clothing, tents, toboggans, and snowshoes. According to the description for the book, it is a complete guide in how to enjoy the winter wilderness by using traditional skills, equipment and philosophies.
Putting a Roof on Winter: Hockey's Rise from Sports to Spectacle by Michael McKinley
Takes a look at how the sport has changed since the first indoor match in 1875 by providing tales of the "gods and villains" of the game, tracing the change's from the amateur days, through the moment when the pros went on the ice, to the Canada-Russia summit series. Also has profiles of Cyclone Taylor, Newsy Lalonde, Howie Morenz, some of the more powerful owners and the glory teams of the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
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