Jesse Owens by Carole Boston Weatherford
Fastest Man Alive

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The story of Jesse Owens four gold medals in track-and-field at the 1936 Berlin Olympics is told. Adolf Hitler had seen the Olympics as a chance to show the superiority of the Germans, but Owens, an African American dashed the dictator's hopes of victory for his master race. Includes pastel illustrations, authors profile, illustrators profile, information about Jesse Owens, and for further reading section.

About Carole Boston Weatherford

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Carole Boston Weatherford's first act as an author was at six years old, when she dictated a poem to her mother. Today, she is an award-winning author of nineteen books of poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature, including Walker & Company's The Sound That Jazz Makes, winner of the Carter G. Woodsen Award.  As a writer, she wants to make sure that kids are always free to pursue their dream, just like Jesse.  She resides in High Point, North Carolina, with her husband, Ronald, and their children, Caresse and Jeffery. Visit her Web site at  Eric Velasquez hadn't used pastels in over twenty years when he illustrated this book. He believes the change from oil painting was inspired by the challenging, vital subject: "Something about Jesse Owens cried out for an immediate medium such as pastels." His illustrations for Walker & Company's The Piano Man won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent.  He is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts and now lives in Harsdale, New York, with his wife, Deborah.
Published December 26, 2006 by Walker Childrens. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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This soaring tribute to Owens reserves biographical details for the afterword, focusing instead on his Olympics experience from arrival in Berlin to triumphant ticker-tape parade back in New York.

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Weatherford (Moses ) addresses her poetic tribute to Jesse Owens's remarkable performance at the 1936 Berlin Olympics to the athlete himself: "Go from cotton fields to city sidewalks,/ from sickly child to keen competitor,/ from second-class citizen to first-place finish./ Go, Jesse, go.

Jan 01 2007 | Read Full Review of Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive

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