Monday, January 27, 2014

G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet

"G is for Gold Medal: An Olympics Alphabet" by Brad Herzog, 2011.

There are so many interesting and unique things to cover with children involving the Olympics. There is history, geography, sports (of course), physics, nationality, patriotism, health and fitness, mathematics, teamwork and more.

And this picture book uses the alphabet to identify specific Olympic-related material as well.
"How do you determine the world's best athelete? The decathlon is a good place to start. It measures an athelete's speed, endurance, strength, and jumping ability."

I haven't found a lot of picture books about the Olympics, but this is the best I have found so far. This one covers summer and winter sports. It doesn't cover all of the sports, but some of the ones featured are track, figure skating, gymnastics, soccer, skiing, archery, swimming and more.
"The Olympic motto is Citius, Altius, Fortius, which is Latin for 'Swifter, Higher, Stronger.' Whether the athlete is a hockey player rushing toward a loose puck, a diver springing into the air far above a pool, or a decathlete throwing a discus with every ounce of effort, each is constantly trying to improve and reach his or her ultimate potential."