Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy -OPTIONAL

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.

No comments: