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Inside the Olympics por Nick Hunter
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Inside the Olympics (edição 2011)

por Nick Hunter

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This volume briefly covers the history of the Olympic Games, and focuses on the 30th Olympiad held in London.
Título:Inside the Olympics
Autores:Nick Hunter
Informação:Heinemann-Raintree (2011), Paperback, 64 pages
Colecções:recommended teen reads
Etiquetas:Social Studies

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An interesting book looking back to the start of the Olympics and the revival of it through the International Olympics Committee.

The book features the early aspects of the Olympics from its conception in Greece through to the most recent Olympics to be held in London 27 July - 12 Aug 2012.

The involvement of women at such events from women being unable to watch let alone participate in the games to the very fact that women play an considerable part in the games. The book also includes the Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

A well planned book showing not just the history of such an event, but much of the behinds the scenes planning. ( )
  AnglersRest | Jul 27, 2012 |
This summer the Olympics are back, this time in London. From July 27th to August 12th television sets around the world will tune in to watch the games, some of which are only seen during the Olympics, such as archery, fencing, and this year trampolining. More than 10,000 athletes from close to 200 countries will be at the Olympics, ready to prove they are the best at 300 different events. This will be a huge gathering of athletes, trainers, coaches, and spectators.

Inside the Olympics contains loads of information. It begins by tracing the history of the games from its inception 3000 years ago in Greece to the modern Olympics of today. Have you ever seen an Olympic medal up close? In this book you will, plus read biographies of great athletes, get a look at what happens behind the scene to make everything work correctly, learn about some of the Olympics greatest moments, its controversies, and its technologies. Author Nick Hunter even tells us about the Paralympic Games, which occur a week after the Olympic Games end, using the same facilities. With the summer games just a few months away, this is a great guide if you are interested in everything Olympics.

I liked this guide. This is an easy read and in logical order. It is not crammed with lists and statistics. The author chose some of the greatest moments to highlight and some interesting biographies. I like that he does not spend several pages explaining one sport or just the major sports like basketball and track. This year the trampoline is an official event for the first time. I remember going to a trampoline park as a kid. There were dozens of trampolines stretched over open cement. It looked like a large pool hall with sunken tables. If trampolining is a hit in the London Summer Olympics, I wonder if those parks will return.

I read this book as a digital on my PC. At times, it was difficult to read the text without zooming in, which I do not like to do. Another version, such as a Kindle, (my choice until an iPad drops in my lap), was not available and I have not seen the print version. Still, Inside the Olympics is entertaining. Definitely opt for the print version. With the Olympics opening just a few weeks before the end of the school year, it is a good bet teachers will find a way to bring the games into the classroom.

This book would be ideal for any child, even if not used for school. Once these games start, questions will abound. I know I always bombarded my father with all sorts of questions. This book would have answered many of those for me. It not only details the different sports involved, but also the technology needed, short biographies, great moments, discontinued sports, controversies, and what happens after the games end. Inside the Olympics is jam-packed with information that will satisfy the casual observer to the ardent fan. After reading it, I can honestly say that watching this year’s Summer Olympics will be more fun because I now understand more about the games. Knowledge is power.

Nick Hunter’s Inside the Olympics gives a fascinating, yet condensed, history of the Olympics going back to its inception and then forward to today, adding many of the modern-day twists and turns the games have taken. This short primer is excellent for younger kids who want to become more familiar with this centuries old, world gathering tradition.

Note: Kid Lit Reviews received digital book from netgalley, courtesy of the publisher.
http://kid-lit-reviews.com/2012/02/21/inside-the-olympics-by-nick-hunter/ ( )
  smmorris | Feb 22, 2012 |
"Inside the Olympics" takes a comprehensive look at the history of the Olympics, its challenges, and famous athletes. It contains short biographical clips about athletes and key figures in Olympic history. Although a time line of Olympic host cities is provided, the s 1996 Olympic games held in Atlanta, Georgia are completely left out. I found this to be a bit odd. It made me question the credibility of the information provided and doubt the facts presented. ( )
  JanaRose1 | Dec 4, 2011 |
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