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The story of the Olympics
We were recently in London and due to go on a tour of the Olympic Village so thought it a good idea to get Little Miss and ourselves up to scratch with Olympic facts. We didn't want a "dry" book which would leave her disinterested and having seen some books by the author previously, decided this would be a good choice.
The front cover of the book has a large picture of earth with athletes dotted on the surface along with the title. The blurb on the back gives a few basic facts which children will instantly find interesting and probably amusing such as "For a thousand years Olympic competitors didn't wear any clothes..." "In 2012 a marathon runner fell asleep by the roadside. He finished the course in 1966"
Even just reading these facts sets the scene for this being as advertised, the "quirkiest guide you will ever read to the history of the world's most famous celebration of sport".
There is a quote about sport by Nelson Mandela and then we go on to the history of the Olympics. We start with the Olympiad and the Olympic Truce as well as the Olympic Ideal and then a series of pages takes us through the Ancient Olympics. The author seems to focus on some of the stranger events such as the shorts of one of the athletes falling down and tripping him over! There are pictures of the town, men carrying oxen, and naked runners, all done in a series of glossy comic style pictures with captions and paragraphs describing what is happening.
The author then moves on t the modern Olympics starting in 1600, but focusing on the games from 1900. The Olympics are then followed every four years, showing where the Olympics were held with a picture of the flag behind the date and colourful drawings and humorous facts. There are usually two or three Olympic games described per page but although this may seem a lot, the facts never seem to onerous and they are easy to read since they are usually the kind of facts children will enjoy.
We finish in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro and a few facts about the Olympics through the ages.
--Price and Availability...--
The RRP of the book is £7.99 and is available from bookstores (we bought ours from Waterstones) and also online.
Publisher: orion books
No of pages: 30
--Other books by the same author...--
* Great Stories from British History
* The Queen: Diamond Jubilee Book
* Greyfriars Bobby
All of the books seem to be written and illustrated in the same style and are sure to appeal to children interested in history
This is an excellent book for children (and adults) interested in the story of the Olympic games. It starts with the story of how the ethos of the games of ancient Greece has been carried into the twenty-first century, and focuses on individual tales of heroes and heroines, with a lot of quirky facts. It is a lively, and entertaining guide to the Olympics with not a staid page in sight.the pictures will appeal, as there are comic strips, fact boxes, funny captions and speech bubbles, so children will be kept interested in the subject even if it wasn't their first choice.
A highly recommended book.
Thanks for reading