Reviews for Inside the Olympics

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
From its origins and growth to the athletes and hosting countries, this introduction to the Olympics arrives just in time for the 2012 games. Sidebars featuring athletes, technology, and memorable moments add meaning and significance to the information while photographs, maps, and diagrams support the accessible text. The small font and uninspired design may deter some readers. Reading list, timeline, websites. Bib., glos., ind.

School Library Journal Reviews 2012 February

Gr 6-8--This overview contains standard information that can be found in the publisher's "The Olympics" series, which is geared toward younger readers and in which the same map of Olympic host cities is used. After covering the history of the Games, Hunter emphasizes the upcoming summer events in London as well as the Paralympics. Chapters discuss controversies (such as terrorism and drugs) as well the Olympic symbols and athletic milestones. The color photographs are undistinguished and sometimes too tiny to be helpful. "Biography," "Great Moments," "Olympic Greats," "Behind the Scenes," and "Technology" sidebars are scattered throughout. While these colorful boxes break up the dense text, they also interrupt the flow of the narrative. A section about discontinued sports is interesting. This book could supplement or update collections.--Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA

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