McCarthy, Meghan The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of The 1904 Olympic Marathon 20 pgs. Paula Wiseman Book (Simon & Schuster) 2016. $17.99 PICTURE BOOK/NON-FICTION
This is the story of the 1904
Olympic marathon. The first to be held in the United States. It was a total
debacle that featured the administration of poison, cheating, a dog chase, a
car crash, lack of water, and much more. The illustrations are cute and large
enough to share with a class.
I think this story would
make a great introduction to the Olympics. Its funny, interesting and engaging.
For upper elementary it could be used to discuss cheating of every kind and how
sports have evolved to try to overcome this and how careful planning could have
prevented most of the issues with the race. My only negative is the characters
looked quite similar with their big eyes and I had trouble telling them apart
and so they all just blurred together.
EL(K-3), EL -ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary
School Librarian & Author.