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ALL YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT SPORTS:

More than 120 sports are examined in Sports: The Complete Visual Reference (Firefly Books, $39.95), a 380-page encyclopedic resource. Every sport ever played _ from polo to curling, from kayaking to rugby and everything in between _ is included in this detailed reference book. Each entry explains the evolution of the sport, rules and penalties, techniques and strategies and provides diagrams and photos that show how the game is played. Compiled by experts, Sports: The Complete Visual Reference offers fascinating facts and profiles of the greatest players of all time for any sport you can imagine, including all those that will be played at Sydney this year.

PREPARING THE KIDS FOR SYDNEY:

Young readers can study up for Sydney's summer games with The Ancient Greek Olympics by Richard Woff (Oxford University Press, $16.95). Woff provides historical information _ what little is known _ about the early Olympic games, held in Olympia in honor of the Greek god Zeus. Just as important as the history is the mythology surrounding Olympia, so Woff included that too, and makes it relevant to the Olympic games we know today. The 31-page hardcover is suitable for ages 5-10, with color illustrations, photographs and maps galore.

FOR EXTREME TASTES:

If your preference in sports is for the extreme, National Geographic's Ultimate Adventure Sourcebook ($30) might be up your alley. More travel guide than sports resource, it offers information on the best places in the world to go horseback riding, snowboarding, hang gliding, skydiving and much more. Details like costs, equipment, maps and travel tips are part and parcel, along with suggestions for further reading. Pick up this sourcebook to find out where to learn, where to go, where to stay and what to bring on your next adventure.

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