Fireflies: CLIP Book Review: G is for Gold Medal         

Jul 27, 2012

CLIP Book Review: G is for Gold Medal

Author: Brad Herzog
Illustrator: Doug Bowles
Sugested Age: Preschool - Grade 3

This is the time of year when we begin teaching our preschoolers, "A is for Apple, B is for Ball...". Well, what could be more fun and appropriate than to introduce them to the alphabet through the exciting happenings of the Olympics?  

This brightly illustrated book begins with  "Ancient Greece and Athens, that's our first letter - A. The Olympics began then and there, long ago and far away."  "F" explains the five rings of the Olympic flag, "O" is for opening ceremony, and "P" for Paralympic games that bring together physically and mentally disabled athletes.  

Along with the poem for each letter there are also milestones of sports events explained, as well as facts about athletes who had an impact on history.  Understanding some of the obstacles that some of the athletes overcame as children (under "K"- Kids) is both amazing and inspirational.  Some of the things you will learn may be humorous. See if you can find out who was called "the world's laziest high jumper" and why someone jumped into the swimming pool with their clothes on! When you finish reading you'll have both a clearer understanding about how the Olympics have impacted history and how the athletes involved have helped to change world views.

  A medal, that's our letter M.                         OFFICIAL OLYMPIC WEBSITE
  You won! They're cheering loud!
  Stand for your national anthem.                    OLYMPIC WORKSHEETS & ACTIVITIES
  You made your country proud.

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