Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? This easy reader biography of Jesse Owens is a winner on all levels, keeping up the high level of early reader non fiction of the Ready to Read, You Should Meet series. Owens was the first American to win four gold medals during one Olympics, in 1936. Five short chapters describe his beginnings as the son of sharecroppers, his love of running, and his training leading up to the Olympics. He was the first person in his family to attend college, and even though he was an Olympic champion, he still had to contend with Jim Crow laws back home in the U.S. Owens’s life is described in sentences just complex enough to satisfy confident early grade readers. Back matter includes sections on Jim Crow laws, the Great Depression and the history of the Olympics, making this appealing for newly confident readers who like to read non fiction. Whimsical jewel-toned illustrations show affection for the subject matter and add to the readability of the biography for the intended audience.
To whom would you recommend this book? Other titles in this series are Mae Jemison, Misty Copeland, and Women Who Launched the Computer Age.
Who should buy this book? Elementary school and public libraries
Where would you shelve it ? Easy readers
Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Stephanie Tournas, Robbins Library, Arlington, MA
Date of review: March 30, 2017