Brief information, bits of trivia, and statistics about the winter Olympic speed skating events and medalists are presented in this informational text. The different pieces of information are arranged by subheadings on the page. Read and find out who were the speed skating champions in the previous Olympics and the records they set. There is a sneak peek at the Pacific Coliseum and Richmond Olympic Oval in Vancouver, the 2010 winter Olympic site. Several color photographs with captions are found throughout the book. Fans of speed skating may find the index helpful to locate particular information. For additional resources, a list of books and websites to explore are provided. There is a glossary and the words in the glossary are in bold print in the main body of the text. Some readers who are unfamiliar with the format and style of this book may need some guidance to understand how to use the text features. In the "Winter Olympic Sports" series, this book is one of eight that presents facts about the winter Olympics events. Although the information features information about the winter Olympics, it is not authorized by the Olympic association. Reviewer: Carrie Hane Hung
School Library Journal
Gr 3-5–This series has potential interest for use around the 2010 Winter Olympics, but it disappoints. The authors dryly recite facts as though writing for an almanac even though they are covering topics that could have inspired exciting narratives. Most of the color photographs are run of the mill and are shot at a mid-range distance, meaning that the skiers all look the same. Some fact boxes, such as the one about women hockey players, are on the wrong page. Other missed opportunities abound. For example, the two brief sentences in Paralympic Sports about how visually impaired biathletes shoot at targets that make electronic sounds will leave readers wanting more. Similar information is readily available elsewhere.