Amazing Summer Olympics: Athletics
Amazing Summer Olympics: Athletics
Amazing Summer Olympics: Athletics
Amazing Summer Olympics: Athletics

Amazing Summer Olympics: Athletics

Ashley Gish (Author)

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Celebrate the Summer Olympic Games with this elementary-level introduction to the sport of athletics and its many track and field events. Includes biographical facts about middle-distance runner and gold medalist Faith Kipyegon.

Part of the Amazing Summer Olympics series

Reviews

Stunning photos paired with short, simple text make this series stand out. Though each book limns the history of the sport in question, the focus is on recent Olympic athletes, like Katie Ledecky, current record holder for medals (10) among female Olympic swimmers. Action-packed photos provide intriguing details and ­complement the text. An amazing photo in Athletics captures the intense moment when a group of runners approach the hurdles and water barrier in the women’s steeplechase event. The main drawback of these books is their brevity; though well-chosen photos add to the telling. VERDICT Appealing and accessible to a wide audience, this is sure to build interest in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Paris.

School Library Journal, 04/01/2024

Though short on text, the outstanding images in “Amazing Summer Olympics” (Creative Company) ensure that books in this series will be first chosen from any display.

School Library Journal, 04/01/2024

The first Olympic Games of the modern era were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. The competition included only summer events, only men competed, and there were far fewer events than are in the current Olympic Games. However, despite the restrictions on the number of events, competitions in what we now call track and field were included. Over the following years, women athletes joined the Olympic Games and demonstrated their amazing athleticism. In this book, readers encounter some of the various Olympic track and field events and the athletes who excel at them. Track events like the 100-meter dash can last less than ten seconds while the 10,000-meter race takes less than thirty minutes. The most challenging of all the racing events is the marathon, a 26.2-mile race that tests competitors to their cores. Field events are rather diverse and include a wide range of activities. Jumpers take on events such as the high jump, pole vaulting, and the triple jump. Contests of strength involving throwing javelins, tossing the discus, or hurling an iron shotput all test the limits of human muscle power. All of these track and field events are included in this introductory look at the amazing athleticism of Olympians. Written in clear, elementary-level text with stunning color photographs of Olympians in action, this is an excellent primer for young sports fans awaiting the 2024 Olympic Summer Games in Paris, France.

Children's Literature, 06/18/2024

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