Karate Hour by Carol Nevius; illustrated by Bill Thomson
Other books/resources for further reading:
Karate for Kids by Robin Reilly
Includes a history of karate, meaning of words, and pictures and instructions to practice stances.
Karate Kids Want to Win by Alex Simmons
A chapter book series that follows five friends who attend the Cool Karate School.
The Kids’ Karate Book & Karate Belt by Michael Dunphy
Includes photographs and step-by-step instructions of many of the karate stances.
Book Extension Activities:
In the back of the book are the “Dojo Kun”, or training hall rule. Discuss what these words mean and
how they can be applied to your classroom or library.
The text in this book rhymes. Look at the rhyming words and think of other words what would rhyme.
For younger audiences, discuss some of the more difficult concept words such as: respect, bow,
energize, protect, etc.
Create colored belts to use for a rewards program. Each time the child is awarded for something, they
move up a belt color.
For younger children, show the belts at the end of the book and have them identify the colors.
Paint Styrofoam meat tray to look like wood. Have the children take turns trying to break it with their
feet or hands.
Pick a picture from the book that you like. Think about what the person in the picture is thinking about.
Write what you think his/her thoughts may be.
Research the history and practice of karate and write a feature article about what you find.
Physical Activity Extension:
Have children attempt some of the poses and exercises illustrated in the book. Which ones are the
easiest or the hardest?
Visit your local karate dojo and observe or take part in a karate lesson.