Inside the Olympics

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Inside the Olympics takes you to the heart of the world's greatest sporting festival. Discover the history of the Games from their origins in ancient Greece to the Olympics in London in 2012. The book explores the great sporting moments, athletes, and controversies that have made the Olympic Games. You will also find out about the challenges of hosting the Games, how the Olympic Movement works, and what the Games mean to people around the ...

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Inside the Olympics takes you to the heart of the world's greatest sporting festival. Discover the history of the Games from their origins in ancient Greece to the Olympics in London in 2012. The book explores the great sporting moments, athletes, and controversies that have made the Olympic Games. You will also find out about the challenges of hosting the Games, how the Olympic Movement works, and what the Games mean to people around the world.

Information about preparations for the 2012 London Olympics

Biographies of athletes and other key figures in Olympic history

Behind-the-scenes features on the people that make the Olympics happen

A detailed reference section including Olympic records, timeline, list of Olympic host cities, and Olympic sports

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—This overview contains standard information that can be found in the publisher's "The Olympics" series, which is geared toward younger readers and in which the same map of Olympic host cities is used. After covering the history of the Games, Hunter emphasizes the upcoming summer events in London as well as the Paralympics. Chapters discuss controversies (such as terrorism and drugs) as well the Olympic symbols and athletic milestones. The color photographs are undistinguished and sometimes too tiny to be helpful. "Biography," "Great Moments," "Olympic Greats," "Behind the Scenes," and "Technology" sidebars are scattered throughout. While these colorful boxes break up the dense text, they also interrupt the flow of the narrative. A section about discontinued sports is interesting. This book could supplement or update collections.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Leigh Geiger
This guide to the Olympics is a simple, straightforward presentation of every aspect of the games that might interest older mid-grade readers. It provides a condensed, but sufficient history of the event, beginning with the founding of the Greek games in 778 BC and then proceeds chronologically through major developments including the revival of the games by Coubertin in the late 19th century, changes during Hitler's regime and the effects of the cold war and apartheid in the 20th century. The major impetus for the book, however, appears to be the 30th Olympiad to be held in London in 2012. This event is used to introduce and summarize the narrative and forms a backdrop throughout the text. While these 2012 games will bring participants from close to 200 nations and feature new events such as trampolining, not normally available to television viewers, the author's emphasis on this event will lessen the book's usefulness in later years. At this point, however, it is a useful reference guide which includes not only history, but spotlights on individual sports such as track and field, swimming and bicycling as well as discontinued sports. There are short introductions to famous athletes, including Babe Didrikson, Jim Thorpe and Carl Lewis. Olympic controversies involving cheating, drug use, security issues, terrorism and corruption of officials are also briefly covered with an approach that attempts to avoid bias toward any one nation's viewpoint. Accompanying photographs, maps and other illustrations are included on almost every page of this picture-book style volume. A list of Olympic records, an historical timeline and a map of Olympic host cities round out this fact-filled book. The inclusion of additional references, a short glossary and an appendix will be helpful for the young researcher. Reviewer: Leigh Geiger, Ph.D.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781432954895
  • Publisher: Heinemann/Raintree
  • Publication date: 7/15/2011
  • Series: NONE
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 998,657
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Nick Hunter has written many non-fiction books for children. He has a degree in Modern History and specializes in writing about history and social studies.
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Table of Contents

Olympic dreams 4

Ancient Olympics 6

Reviving the Olympics 12

The global Games 18

Hosting the Olympics 24

Olympic sports 28

Controversy at the Olympics 44

The meaning of the Olympics 50

Olympic records 54

Timeline of the Olympics 56

Olympic host cities 58

Olympic sports 59

Find out more 60

Glossary 62

Index 64

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  • Posted February 22, 2012

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    Guide to the Olympics for Kids

    This summer the Olympics are back, this time in London. From July 27th to August 12th television sets around the world will tune in to watch the games, some of which are only seen during the Olympics, such as archery, fencing, and this year trampolining. More than 10,000 athletes from close to 200 countries will be at the Olympics, ready to prove they are the best at 300 different events. This will be a huge gathering of athletes, trainers, coaches, and spectators.

    Inside the Olympics contains loads of information. It begins by tracing the history of the games from its inception 3000 years ago in Greece to the modern Olympics of today. Have you ever seen an Olympic medal up close? In this book you will, plus read biographies of great athletes, get a look at what happens behind the scene to make everything work correctly, learn about some of the Olympics greatest moments, its controversies, and its technologies. Author Nick Hunter even tells us about the Paralympic Games, which occur a week after the Olympic Games end, using the same facilities. With the summer games just a few months away, this is a great guide if you are interested in everything Olympics.

    I liked this guide. This is an easy read and in logical order. It is not crammed with lists and statistics. The author chose some of the greatest moments to highlight and some interesting biographies. I like that he does not spend several pages explaining one sport or just the major sports like basketball and track. This year the trampoline is an official event for the first time. I remember going to a trampoline park as a kid. There were dozens of trampolines stretched over open cement. It looked like a large pool hall with sunken tables. If trampolining is a hit in the London Summer Olympics, I wonder if those parks will return.

    I read this book as a digital on my PC. At times, it was difficult to read the text without zooming in, which I do not like to do. Another version, such as a Kindle, (my choice until an iPad drops in my lap), was not available and I have not seen the print version. Still, Inside the Olympics is entertaining. Definitely opt for the print version. With the Olympics opening just a few weeks before the end of the school year, it is a good bet teachers will find a way to bring the games into the classroom.

    This book would be ideal for any child, even if not used for school. Once these games start, questions will abound. I know I always bombarded my father with all sorts of questions. This book would have answered many of those for me. It not only details the different sports involved, but also the technology needed, short biographies, great moments, discontinued sports, controversies, and what happens after the games end. Inside the Olympics is jam-packed with information that will satisfy the casual observer to the ardent fan. After reading it, I can honestly say that watching this year’s Summer Olympics will be more fun because I now understand more about the games. Knowledge is power.

    Nick Hunter’s Inside the Olympics gives a fascinating, yet condensed, history of the Olympics going back to its inception and then forward to today, adding many of the modern-day twists and turns the games have taken. This short primer is excellent for kids who want to become more familiar with this centuries old, world gathering tradition.

    Note: Kid Lit Reviews received digital book from netgalley, courtesy of the publish

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