Haunted Horseback Holiday: (Riding Academy Super Special) Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-08-27 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 4 user ratings

"Unlike the name states, "The Cheerleader's Almanac" is more of a basic intro to cheerleading; good for those who haven't cheered before or are not familiar with the sport (yes, it IS a sport!)

Included in "The Cheerleader's Almanac" is a history of cheerleading, try-out tips and advice, myth-busting on cheerleading (i.e.: Cheerleaders have to be pretty and popular, etc), uniform styles, and interviews on several cheerleaders. Additionally, a small section on basic jumps and motions is covered, plus a brief chapter about camps and competitions.

Overall, a good book for those who want to be aquainted with cheerleading, but if you are already familiar with cheer, you won't really find anything new in here.
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"I painstakingly ordered every one of these books for my daughter for Christmas. All came in great condition. The series is easy to read for 3rd and 4th graders and a nice horse-related set to add to her growing collection." said.

"The Cheerleaders Almanac

The statistics on page 5say most cheerleaders are teenagers, leaders in student organizations, and have a B average or better. It takes a lot of time and energy to practice. This 80-page book provides an overview of this activity. They chant and cheer to support the school team, and promote school spirit. The sport is usually football (I did not see cheerleaders for baseball, basketball, or the chess team). It’s a great athletic activity and brings notice to its participants. [Did they have cheerleaders before WW II?] While its purpose is to cheer the team, they also provide entertainment for the spectators. It dates to the late 19th century (p.9) and became popular in the 1950s. There are organizations that support cheerleading as a sport (p.11).

They require physical and academic excellence. It requires the skill of a gymnast, the endurance of a long-distance runner, and the grace and timing of a dancer (p.13). Do some people hate cheerleaders? Envy and jealousy is part of human nature, even if you are not a cheerleader. A sample “Cheerleader Constitution” is on pages 17-19. Their uniforms are described on pages 21-22. There is advice on Tryouts (pages 25-35). Some may prefer a Marching Band (if you play a suitable musical instrument). Baton twirling takes a special talent. There is a list of exercises needed (pp.40-49). Yells and chants require skills (pp.51-52). There are camps and clinics to train cheerleaders (pp.53-55). You should perfect your skills in high school to prepare for college (p.59).

Some colleges and universities offer scholarships for cheering (p.60). The #1 Cheerleader for 1995 was into gymnastics before cheerleading (p.62). It takes money to provide a squad with their outfits, and there are other expenses (p.65). There are suggestions for fund raising activities. There is advice on holding pep rallies to promote school spirit (pp.68-69). Cheerleaders went into show business (pp.71-73). There are some unusual facts about cheerleaders (pp.74-78). It takes a lot of time and energy to practice (p.79). The Index is on page 80.

This book provides a lot of information that the average person doesn’t know. Cheerleading, like sports, is a form of show business or entertainment. I think many students would be better off if they spent their time working on something useful. Work is more important than play or entertainment. Traditionally children worked at various tasks around their home. You will probably want to browse this book than study it.
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