From the Series Amazing Americans: Olympians
Katie Ledecky shot to fame at an early age. By age 15, she had already won a gold medal at the Olympics! So how did this incredible swimmer rise to the top? In this fascinating introduction, young readers will learn about Ledecky's early life and her many amazing achievements. Each 24-page book in this series of introductory biographies features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. The narrative text, clean design, and colorful photos will speak to even the most reluctant of readers.
|Interest Level||Preschool - Grade 3|
|Reading Level||Grade 2|
|Series||Amazing Americans: Olympians|
|Number of Pages||24|
|Title Format||Reinforced book|
|Author||James Buckley Jr.|
|Features||Author/Illustrator biography, Correlations, Glossary of key words, Index, Online learning supplement, Sources for further research, Suggested websites, Table of contents, Timeline of key events|
|Dimensions||8 x 8|
|Guided Reading Level||K|
|ATOS Reading Level||3.8|
|Accelerated Reader® Quiz||191297|
|Accelerated Reader® Points||0.5|
School Library Journal Review of Amazing Americans: Olympians
Gr 1-3–The layouts in each of these titles are colorful and image heavy, and the text blocks are short and simple, an appealing combination for younger or reluctant readers. Small gold medallions punctuate the text with bits of trivia—Katie Ledecky enjoys playing piano and traditional Irish dance, Simone Biles was adopted by her grandparents when she was six. Though some additional details find their way into the texts (Michael Phelps’s mother says he “never sat still” as a boy, Kevin Durant was already six feet tall in middle school), the narratives are typically short on biographical details and focus instead on athletic accomplishments. Throughout, the photos almost exclusively depict the athletes in competition. Each entry concludes with some sparse “read more” suggestions. VERDICT: Engaging and highly visual, these may serve as simple introductions for early readers or an enticement to struggling students.