Katie Ledecky

From the Series Amazing Americans: Olympians
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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
Copyright 2018
Genre Nonfiction
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Imprint Bearport Books
Series Amazing Americans: Olympians
Language English
Number of Pages 24
Lexile 670
ISBN 9781684022403
Title Format Reinforced book
Release Date 2017-07-19
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
Dewey 797.2'1092
Graphics Full-color photographs
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.

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