Tumbling and Trampolining

Tumbling and Trampolining coverTumbling and Trampolining
Loken
1977

Submitter: I weeded this book from my high school library immediately upon seeing it–way back in 1990. For some reason, however, I can’t seem to throw it away. It’s just too awful and each photo is better/worse than the previous one.

Uncharacteristically for high schoolers, there are no drawings or comments in the book, which is ripe for that sort of thing. Great conversation starter!

Holly: What in the heck are the peopleĀ doing in some of these pictures? That looks…awkward. And painful.

shoulder stand on thighs

stand on hands

 

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9 comments

  1. “Until you feel confident in this stunt, a spotter should be present to prevent possible injury.”

    And to call 911 when these stunts go horribly wrong.

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  2. OK, whatever it is called, my mind mashed together “tumbl…” and “trampo…” and came up with “trumpbolining”, which I suppose means the cover color has to be commented on?

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  3. This has to be a candidate for your best/worst of the year list. I suppose the only reason the illustrations weren’t augmented by students, is the amazing ugliness of the book cover.

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  4. Some of this stuff looks like things we did in gymnastics class in high school. (Our school did have a competitive team.) However, I could still see weeding a book like this because you do not want people to go out and try this at home.

    Though I could see the gymnastics coach keeping this inside his office and bringing it out occasionally for routine ideas.

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  5. I know I have the maturity of a 10 yr old sometimes, but that second to last photo. Where the person has their head up their partner’s… *Muffled laughter* And I thought the cover photo was bad!

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  6. Hahahahahaha. I seem to be 14 years old today. What are those people doing in the picture that looks like 2 people impersonating a centaur?

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    1. It’s one of the steps of a greater act. What’s odd to me is that the next step isn’t shown at the bottom of the page; other stuff is.

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