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Olympics: Amazing Facts and Record Breakers

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Full of fascinating facts and sensational statistics from Olympic events throughout history, each page of this panoramic guide to the sights and spectacles of the world's favorite athletic competition has ingenious flaps, wheels and pull-tabs for readers to send gymnasts spinning through the air, swimmers whishing through water and runners leaping over hurdles. Comes complete with a gold medal for readers to wear and imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic star. Full ...
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Overview

Full of fascinating facts and sensational statistics from Olympic events throughout history, each page of this panoramic guide to the sights and spectacles of the world's favorite athletic competition has ingenious flaps, wheels and pull-tabs for readers to send gymnasts spinning through the air, swimmers whishing through water and runners leaping over hurdles. Comes complete with a gold medal for readers to wear and imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic star. Full color.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Just in time for the summer games in Atlanta, Crowther (Robert Crowther's Incredible Animal Alphabet) rustles up an impressive number of Olympics-related facts and figures, set amid all manner of 3D and paper-engineered athletes. Push up the tab to "light" the torch, and the games-and game trivia-begin. It turns out 1932 was a memorable year in Olympics history: an extra lap was run by mistake in the 3000-meter race, thus creating the 3450-meter steeplechase; when Babe Didrickson leapt headfirst over the high jump that year, it was deemed illegal-until 1968, when Dick Fosbury did so with his back to the bar, setting a record and coining the term "Fosbury flop." There are lists: of Olympic dives; of every Olympic games location since the first modern games in 1896. There are figures: of long-jump records; of weightlifters' diets (the 1972 super-heavyweight champion Vassily Alexeyev had 26 fried eggs and a steak for breakfast every day). There are movable parts: synchronized swimmers kick high; a platform diver somersaults; a judo fighter flips; a basketball player slam-dunks. On the last page, a paper pocket holds a wearable, beribboned paper gold medal, so readers can "imagine what it would be like to be an Olympic star!" Crowther's delivery bespeaks genuine enthusiasm, and he aims high, squeezing in as much trivia and activity as will fit on a page. Ages 8-13. (Apr.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
From the flags flying over the Olympic stadium on page one to the flags waving at the finish line on the last spread, this clever, informative and timely pop-up book contains a lot of information in a dozen pages. Learn a little about the history of the games, venues for the modern games, the Olympic motto and lots of facts about record breakers in the various sports. Pull-tabs activate runners, jumpers, swimmers and gymnasts in all their glory. Flaps and wheels reveal fascinating Olympic trivia. Fun for kids from 8 to 98.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781564028013
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/6/1996
  • Pages: 12
  • Age range: 8 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.64 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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