PPBF/Modern Olympic Games

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PPBF/Modern Olympic Games

Clever, huh? Right when we’re having the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, I put up a Perfect Picture Book Friday about Olympic Games? You wouldn’t have thought it of me, right? Because I’m the one who doesn’t put up a PPBF about Christmas or Valentine’s Day right? Well, did I fool you? Here goes.

b&n image of Modern Olympic GamesTitle: Modern Olympic Games

Author: Haydn Middleton

Illustrator: permission was granted to reproduce photographs from previous games

Themes: Sports, global social interaction, Olympics,

Resources: There was so much information on these Olympic Games I had a hard time narrowing it down to just a few important  ones. There were many PDF’s on pure info. Here is one.  :  I like this one because it looked like groups needed to be formed and questions answered. The questions were provided for groups to answer after their research was complete.

I think the most complete guide for teachers for the Olympics is here:  even though it calls itself a mini site, there is more than enough info for kids in there. And the way it describes things are to a kids level of understanding.

Publishing info: 2008 Heinemann Library, a division of reed Elseveir Inc. Nonfiction/  I had to look at Barnes and Noble for my copy of this book. Amazon did not have it.           

First three sentences: The Olympic Games are by far the most important international athletic competition in the world. Every four years they bring together thousands of the world’s best athletes. Millions of people have been able to attend the Games and experience the amazing atmosphere for themselves.

Summary: Explores the development of the modern Olympic Games from their inception in 1896, discussing location, logistics, rituals, events, and who is allowed to participate.

Why I love it: This year the Olympics are being played in Sochi, Russia and there has been much about it in the media. I wanted to learn more about it and this little picture book has been a source of information for me. It covered the Olympics from its inception in 1896 by the father of the Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, to the present. It had charts stating the number of events, player’s gender, number of countries and etc. The table of contents covered such topics as “Who gets the games?” to “for the love of sports.” At the end there was a glossary, a find out more and an index. I highly recommend this book to any reader who wants to find out more about the Olympics.

Gifts for my writer friends this week is a  course given by one of our own, Renee La Tulip, on making your prose more poetic. Poetry Friday: Announcing The Lyrical Language Lab Online Course (and Giveaway!)

What poet or picture book writer wouldn’t want this course. And you even have a chance to win the course for free by commenting on this blog post. So go, comment, after you finish reading my post of course. J good luck! You’ll see my name on there, as well. I’d love to win this course.

My twitter feed has been full at #scholastic #100reasons to read. And it has been a ball. Here’s the initial post.  fun, fun, fun. My favorite one is, It doesn’t require batteries!! Who’d a thought?

And here’s what Vivian Kirkfield says on her blog

“Today is Friday – I have a children’s book review to add to the Perfect Picture Book resource list that author Susanna Leonard Hill is building on her blog. For more wonderful reviews from authors, educators and others who contributed today, please go here. ”

And here’s what I say:

Kisses and hugs!

See you Tuesday!

©Clara Bowman-Jahn aka Clarike Bowman-Jahn

 

 

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About ClaraBowmanJahn

Journal writer. Author of "Annie's Special Day" And coauthor of Edmund Pickle Chin, A Donkey Rescue Story." Proud mother and grandmother of wonderful kids. Wife of brilliant husband. Servant of two cats. Member of Pennwriters and SCBWI.
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25 Responses to PPBF/Modern Olympic Games

  1. Thanks for sharing the course info, Clarike! Announcing the winner today! 🙂

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  2. Hahaha! You’re so funny, Clar 🙂 You certainly fooled me, coming out of left field like that with a book about the Olympics 🙂 I’m really glad you did, though. Do you know we don’t have a single book about the Olympics on our list yet? So I’m very glad to be adding this! I’d also like to read it – there’s a lot I don’t know about the Olympics!

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  3. Joanna says:

    Oo, I am so glad someone thought to add an olympic gem. Well done, Clar!

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  4. Yes, I’m glad someone thought to add a book about the Olympics. This one sounds like a great nonfiction book for those who love the games — and a great book to use with older kids in the classroom during the events. So many ideas for activities. Great share.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Patricia!

      Yes, this book would be good for all ages right now during the Olympics. I think I’ve had it far too long and should return it straight off, back to the library. 🙂

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  5. We used to play ‘Olympics’ when I was a kid: a few cartwheels around the tree and I was Nadia Comaneci

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  6. Very timely PPB suggestion. So much has changed about the Olympics it will be fun to see how they originally were.

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  7. Very cool book at this time of year. I used to be a gymnast back in the days while at school and always wanted to be like Nadia, too. Thanks for sharing Clar.

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  8. Stacy S. Jensen says:

    We haven’t watched much of the games this year. In December, we visited our local Olympic Training Center when relatives were in town. It’s inspiring all the work involved in the games.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Yes, I read a book recently about bikers for the Olympic Games and it is a life style. An athlete does nothing else but train. Not sure where they get money to live on?

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  9. Great choice! I love watching the Olympics! 🙂

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  10. Darlene says:

    How timely! A good choice for everyone who has an interest in the Olympics. I think everyone who actually makes it to the Olympics is a winner already.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      I agree. I wish I had gone when they were in Salt Lake , Utah. or was it Park City Utah. My brother lives there. He did a lot of volunteering for it then. 🙂

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  11. judith says:

    again I enjoy the links Clara offers on her blog…I do not get to all of them but they pique my interest and offer a resource… thanks Clara for your giveaways…happy writing.

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    • clarbojahn says:

      Thanks, Judith. so glad you enjoy my gifts. I may start giving them out on Tuesday as well or only on Tuesday so keep reading both blog posts OK?

      I read your posts but don’t always comment. 🙂

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