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Tae Kwon Do!: Step into Reading 1    by Terry Pierce & Todd Bonita order for
Tae Kwon Do!
by Terry Pierce
Order:  USA  Can
Random House, 2006 (2006)
Hardcover, Paperback
* *   Reviewed by J. A. Kaszuba Locke

Tae Kwon Do! is a Step Into Reading®, Step #1 book, perfect for preschoolers and first-grade readers. Terry Pierce's short, action words and sentences define the activities involved in one style of martial arts.

Pierce shows kids stretching before class begins, jumping, and running to loosen up the muscles, then bowing to the master instructor. Together all students do the ritual forms, followed by hits, chops, flips, and spins. Each student selects a wood board to kick and break, and all wear protective gear on the head, hands, and teeth when they box and jab.

Todd Bonita's colorful illustrations superbly show busting a board with a high kick, and the training garments worn with the color belt achieved in graduating from one level to another. Most of all the children's round, smiling, friendly faces show that concentration, hard work, and fun, too, are all part of the serious, healthy sport of Tae Kwon Do!

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