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Around age 9, Michael Phelps was diagnosed with ADHD, and a teacher told his mom that he would “never be able to focus on anything.” But Michael and his mom saw things differently, especially after Michael began trying to swim. While he was afraid for his face to be underwater at first, he soon conquered that fear and began to swim straight ahead into what would become a record-setting career. Today, Michael is hailed as one of the greatest Olympic athletes of all time! This inspiring read will introduce kids to the person behind the legend—a person perhaps not so different from the kids themselves.

 
Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 7
Reading Level Grade 3
BISACS JNF007100
Genre Narrative Nonfiction, Nonfiction
Copyright 2009
Publisher Bearport Publishing
Series Defining Moments: Super Athletes
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions 8 x 10
ISBN 9781597168557, 9781597169363, 9781936089819
Title Format Reinforced book, Hosted eBook, Savings Bundle
Dewey 797.2'1092
ATOS Reading Level 5.2
Lexile Reading Level 860
Scholastic Reading Counts Level 5.6
AR Quiz Number 128441
Author Meish Goldish
 

Michael Phelps

The life of the multiple gold medal-winning swimmer is covered in simple text with plenty of color photographs in this addition to the Defining Moments: Super Athletes series. Much of the emphasis is on Phelps’ younger days as he struggled in school with ADHD but found swimming the perfect outlet for his energy. The story climaxes with his dramatic 2008 Olympic wins (of course, this came out too early to include the recent highly publicized marijuana controversy involving Phelps). Back matter includes a glossary, short bibliography of other age-appropriate books, and a Web site that links to two of the NBC Olympic sites. There’s not much here beyond the usual gee-whiz, ain’t-he-great material often found in youth books about athletes; still, this is good for younger kids looking for basic information on the Olympic star.

Michael Phelps

The life of the multiple gold medal-winning swimmer is covered in simple text with plenty of color photographs in this addition to the Defining Moments: Super Athletes series. Much of the emphasis is on Phelps’ younger days as he struggled in school with ADHD but found swimming the perfect outlet for his energy. The story climaxes with his dramatic 2008 Olympic wins (of course, this came out too early to include the recent highly publicized marijuana controversy involving Phelps). Back matter includes a glossary, short bibliography of other age-appropriate books, and a Web site that links to two of the NBC Olympic sites. There’s not much here beyond the usual gee-whiz, ain’t-he-great material often found in youth books about athletes; still, this is good for younger kids looking for basic information on the Olympic star.

Author/Illustrator biography
Glossary of key words
Index
Table of contents
Timeline of key events
Full-color photographs
 

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