Young Jim Thorpe
Publication Date: May 2, 2006
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
Enter your zip code below to find indies closest to you.
Jim Thorpe's childhood was a mix of hard work in the outdoors and a succession of military-strict "Indian Schools" that relentlessly imposed white culture on Native American children. Then in 1907, wearing overalls and a work shirt, he effortlessly broke his school high-jump record--a feat that launched a remarkable athletic career in track, football, and baseball, culminating at the 1912 Olympics, where Thorpe won the decathlon with a world record score that would stand for almost 20 years and the pentathlon with a points total that would never be beaten.
Don Brown is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture book biographies. His subjects have included explorers, scientists, astronauts, aviation pioneers, moviemakers, religious leaders, and many others. He lives with his family on Long Island, New York.
“... a well-organized and visually appealing introduction ...”—School Library Journal
“... the theme of youthful aimlessness transforming into fierce athletic resolve will draw many children to the book ...”—Booklist