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Friday, September 13, 2013

A is for Amazing Moments

"A is for Amazing Moments: A Sports Alphabet" by Brad Herzog, 2008

In addition to being a great sports resource for children, I thought it would be a good book to read during the Summer/Winter Olympic seasons. Not all of the amazing moments referenced are Olympic moments, but many of them are Olympic moments. The Olympic Games get people excited about competition in general.

"E is for the English Channel, twenty-one miles wide, and Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim to the other side. Runners had come oh so close and had been trying for quite a while, but Roger Bannister finally did it. F is the first Four-minute mile!"

Some of the Olympic moments mentioned are Bob Beamon making the "perfect jump" in the 1968 Summer Olympics, Jesse Owens winning gold in the 100 meter dash, long jump, 200 meter dash, and 4x100 meter relay in the 1936 Summer Olympics, and Wilma Rudolph who became the first American woman to win three track and field gold medals.

Let us also not forget that this is also an alphabet book which can be helpful to younger learners.