Children's LiteratureThe United States Olympic Committee has created a series of books just in time for the next Olympics. This one is a look at how the Olympics began, their importance in ancient times, and how they were started again at the end of the 19th century. The book is easy to read, although it covers some pretty lofty principles, and its capsule descriptions of the various Olympic sports are interesting. These descriptions are particularly useful since most kids probably don't realize that curling, badminton, canoeing and field hockey are part of the modern Olympic tradition. A good bet for libraries or classrooms, it would be nicely augmented by the other titles in the "Official U.S. Olympic Committee Sports" series, each of which focuses on a specific sport. 2001, Griffin, . Ages 9 up. Reviewer: Donna Freedman
School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 4-8-Two well-crafted titles. Decathlon tells about the equipment, training, scoring, and profiles of previous decathletes. Olympism does an excellent job of covering the history of the Games as well as the events and results of the 2000 Olympics in Sydney. Each sport is given a clear, up-to-date, two- to four-page description headed by the official Olympic symbol. The information in both books is accurate, well sequenced, and attractively presented. Unfortunately, the black-and-white photographs are small and not always well reproduced. Nonetheless, these books will be useful in most collections.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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