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Posted October 13, 2009
This book gave me chills when I read it! It traces the life of Jesse Owens as a sick child from a poor family to a world-renowned Olympic athlete. The main focus of the book is how Owens embarrassed Adolph Hitler by winning four gold medals in the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany. Hitler was insulted that a black man would have the admiration of the world. The author does a wonderful job of making the book suspenseful. As I turned each page I could not wait to see what happened next. The illustrations are just as superb. They help tell the story as well. My only issue with the book is the part that mentions the concentration camps in Berlin. I understand why they are mentioned; however, were this section not in the book than it could easily be read to early elementary aged children, especially given the quality of the illustrations. I highly recommend the book for students from grades 3-6.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.