Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763622657, 32pp.
Publication Date: March 2005
Every child who has ever worried about organized sports will cheer Clyde's innovative solution in a lighthearted story that underscores the true meaning of sportsmanship.
The Sports Spectacular is only a week away, and Clyde is worried. He's sure he won't get chosen for any team — not for the races, not for kickball, and not for T-ball. Then his best friend, Rosemary, tells him she's entering the tumbling event, an option that doesn't require any teams! Soon Clyde is practicing his somersaults, hops, and a trick he made up called the twirlyburly. But when something unexpected happens to his friend on the day of the Sports Spectacular, Clyde must find a way to help her — and still go on. Readers who met Clyde in LUNCH BUNNIES, SCIENCE FAIR BUNNIES, and SHOW AND TELL BUNNIES will root for him again through his anxieties and his triumphs in this latest tale from Kathryn Lasky and Marylin Hafner.
The author and her husband, Christopher Knight, live in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and summer on an island off the coast of Maine. There she enjoys watching peregrine falcons soar on the thermal drafts above the cove where she swims.
Marylin Hafner illustrated many beloved books for children, including the seasonal favorites It's Christmas and It's Halloween, both by Jack Prelutsky, and A Carnival of Animals, by Sid Fleischman.