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Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion

Queen of the Track: Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion

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by Heather Lang, Floyd Cooper
     
 

As this year’s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition, just as Alice Coachman did for the 1948 Olympics in London. This inspirational nonfiction book by Heather Lang is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she

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As this year’s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition, just as Alice Coachman did for the 1948 Olympics in London. This inspirational nonfiction book by Heather Lang is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium. With her strong determination and innate athletic talent, Alice raced her way to the top of the track and field world and, leaping over all hurdles in her path, went on to become the first African American woman to take home the gold medal. This amazing journey is complemented by Floyd Cooper’s pastel illustrations that serve to represent Coachman’s incredible struggles.

School Library Journal says: “Lang brings her subject’s early years to life through small details… Cooper’s pastels keep to a brown, grainy palette, recalling the Georgia dirt on which the track star ran as a child.”

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School Library Journal
Gr 2–5—Coachman, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal, was born in poverty in Georgia in 1922. She always loved to run and jump and would sneak off to do it even when it meant punishment. Lang brings her subject's early years to life through small details, like the fact that she ran so fast that she was able to deliver still-hot meals as a rescue worker in the aftermath of a 1940 tornado, and the difficulties of traveling to meets and events during segregation. The bulk of the story, though, focuses on Coachman's Olympic dreams, which were put on hold during World War II, when the games were canceled twice. Finally, in 1948, she traveled to war-weary London to compete and narrowly defeated her toughest opponent with a record-setting high jump. Cooper's pastels keep to a brown, grainy palette, recalling the Georgia dirt on which the track star ran as a child. While this book is a fine, if talky, introduction to an inspiring athlete, Ann Malespina's Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper (Albert Whitman, 2011), with its vivid prose-poem text and glowing oils by Eric Velasquez, might have more immediate appeal.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590788509
Publisher:
Highlights Press
Publication date:
03/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
593,279
Product dimensions:
7.90(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
790L (what's this?)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author


Heather Lang, a former public-health attorney, was inspired by Alice Coachman’s indomitable spirit. This is her first picture book. She lives in Lexington, Massachusetts.

Floyd Cooper is a recipient of the 2009 Coretta Scot

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