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The Olympic Games


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by Mary Pope Osborne
What was it like to live in ancient Greece? What gods and goddesses did Greeks believe in? How did the Olympics start? What was the winner's prize? Find out the answers to those questions and many more in this Magic Tree House Research Guide. Includes fun facts from Jack and Annie, fantastic photos and illustrations, and a guide to doing further research. This is the nonfiction companion to .

by Cobblestone Publishing
Reminders of Greek culture are everywhere today, from bubblegum to plays. (Greeks invented both.) But what was Ancient Greece like for children? As this book explains, youngsters were well educated, sometimes with private teachers. They studied music, practicing as much as three hours a day. They engaged in mock-battles as a way to learn bravery. And they worshipped their gods in temples, just like adults did. This book covers "house rules," gym class, the Olympic Games, the Greek gods, pets, and a host of other topics designed to introduce a legendary society to young minds. Part of the If I Were a Kid in... series.

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by Bud Greenspan
Generously illustrated with 200 archival photos, many in color, this special edition of the tribute to the 100th anniversary of the modern Olympic Games features a wealth of stories about great athletes such as Jesse Owens, Bruce Jenner, Zola Budd, and many others. Filled with intensity, pageantry, and history, this book profiles the accomplishments of one hundred athletes in Olympic competition throughout the twentieth century.

by Jo Harper
It's a classic Cinderella story. Stuck at home in Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1940s, Wilma Rudolph couldn't attend school. Her leg was in a brace, twisted from polio. The kids called her cripple. But she grew up to become a runner who broke world records. Although this story is fictionalized, sports fans will enjoy the details of training and technique as well as the honesty about Rudolph's close, and sometimes tense, relationships with her coaches and teammates. (Booklist) Part of the Childhood of Famous Americans series.

by the editors of Time For Kids
Jesse Owens ran like the wind. With his high-stepping gait, he almost flew past his competitors, setting track-and-field records in the process. His exceptional performance at the 1936 Olympics won Jesse admirers from all over the world and made his name synonymous with athletic excellence. Take a close-up look at Jesse Owens, an African American track star -- and one of the greatest athletes of all time.

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