The World's Greatest Olympians

The World's Greatest Olympians

by Michael Hurley
     
 

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The World's Greatest Olympians looks at great Olympians through the history of the modern Olympics and reasons why these athletes were/are so great. It also includes Fact Files fact boxes of top athletes and charts and tables to help illustrate their amazing talents and achievements.See more details below

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The World's Greatest Olympians looks at great Olympians through the history of the modern Olympics and reasons why these athletes were/are so great. It also includes Fact Files fact boxes of top athletes and charts and tables to help illustrate their amazing talents and achievements.

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School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—This set is similar to Moira Butterfield's "The Olympic" series (Sea-to-Sea, 2011) for the same age range, but the integration of information about the Paralympic Games is laudable. High-Tech offers something different by covering topics from new equipment such as fiberglass poles for vaulting to special shoes or uniforms and advances in training technology. London will become dated quickly. World of Olympics is organized by geographic areas and contains facts about the symbols of the Olympics. Olympic Moments delivers basic history, provides a map of all the cities that have hosted the games, and highlights interesting tidbits such as the story of the swimmer from Equitorial Guinea who was not used to swimming more than 50 meters in his homeland yet won his race by default after his competitors were disqualified for false starts. Greatest Olympians contains single-spread biographical overviews of famous stars as well as some lesser-known athletes, such as Steve Redgrave (rowing), Usain Bolt (track), and Chris Hoy (cycling). Each book has attractive color and archival photographs. If purchasing only one title to augment a collection, High-Tech is the one to select.—Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
A part of "The Olympics" series, this fact-filled volume introduces the young reader to eleven of the greatest Olympians. Eight of these phenomenal athletes performed in track events, while the other three participated in rowing, swimming, and cycling. All won multiple medals with some winning medals in multiple Olympic Games. Four of the athletes represented the United States. Three females are included. Readers will learn of the "flying Dutch housewife" who was the first woman to win four gold medals at one Olympics, a Russian who broke the women's pole vault record sixteen times, and a marathoner who won gold medals in two consecutive Olympics running barefoot. Brightly colored fact boxes and color photographs along with charts and maps give a brief view of the Olympics through the years. Words appearing in bold print are defined in the glossary. A list of books and websites for further information and an index are included. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410941282
Publisher:
Heinemann/Raintree
Publication date:
07/15/2011
Series:
The Olympics
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile:
960L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 10 Years

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