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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. of readers.

 
Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
BISACS JNF007100
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2018
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Amazing Americans: Olympians
Language English
Number of Pages 24
ISBN 9781684022403, 9781684022946, 9781684023486
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 797.2'1092
Dimensions 8 x 8
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Guided Reading Level K
Lexile Reading Level 670
Author James Buckley Jr.
 

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.

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
Full-color photographs