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Jesse Owens

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Jesse Owens grew up during the time of Jim Crow laws, but segregation never slowed him down. After setting world records for track in high school and college, he won a slot on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. That year, the Olympics were in Berlin, then controlled by the Nazis, and Hitler was certain they would be a chance to prove to the world that Aryans were superior to all ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Walker Childrens (first published December 26th 2006)
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Andrew Wells
Nov 28, 2016 Andrew Wells rated it really liked it
Plot Summary: Jesse Owens is a sharecroppers son who lives in the times of racism and hatred towards African Americans. Jesse overcomes the horrible conditions and lands himself a spot on the United States Olympic Team. Even with the odds of Hitler against him, Jesse wins multiple gold medals and shatters records. Jesse was the fastest man alive. He was an icon.

Evaluation: This picture book biography does meet the requirements for plot, setting, theme, and etc. This subject is such an interesti
Addie Lauver
Weatherford, Carole B. Jesse Owens Fastest Man Alive. Walker & Company, 2007. 30 p. Gr. 1-4

This non-fiction biography of Jesse Owens is a very powerful story. The story of Jesse, who started in the cotton fields and had big dreams that took him far. Taking place in Berlin he needed to try and ignore and avoid everything involving German’s, but he still felt the evil. Hitler did not want him there but he needed to prove him wrong. He did not care what Hitler thought. Nothing was going to stop
May 23, 2016 Princolitas rated it it was amazing
Me encantó, este tipo de libros con estas ediciones son las que deberían estar en todas las escuelas primarias. La forma de narrar la historia de Jesse Owens como si el narrador le estuviera hablando del futuro y lo que realizaría al propio personaje Jesse fue increíble. Una historia que debería ser conocida por todos, y aunque aquí solo se cuenta un poquito, levanta el interés para este atleta que logró lo nunca pensado en unos Juegos Olímpicos, en una época en la que ser negro significaba que ...more
Jun 28, 2011 Jess rated it it was amazing
This beautiful illustrated book tells the story of Owens triumph at the 1936 games completely through poetry. It focuses mostly on the events of the games, but almost makes the effort to enlighten the readers to the prejudices Owens faced during his life time, both in the segregated United States and Nazi Germany

Read my full review at my blog The Nonfiction Manifesto
Dec 03, 2007 Ronster rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Grades 2-4
Biography written through poetry. Jesse Owens became the fastest man alive at the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin. He beat the Germans, whom Hitler believed were superior to all. Owens showed courage in times of hardship. Good writing and illustrations from either paint or oil pastels. Use in units about WWII, discrimination, Olympics andovercoming hardship.
Aug 30, 2009 Regina rated it really liked it
Recommended to Regina by: 2010 Children's Sequoyah Masterlist
I like how the author gave historical background to Jesse Owen's life and wrote so that a young reader will feel a little bit of what it was like to be Jesse Owens and experience the enormity of his accomplishments at such a difficult point in world history. I will certainly be sharing this book with kids at my school.
Feb 19, 2014 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: 3rd-8th grade
The story of Owens's Olympic journey, told in verse. The format makes it feel more intimate, as if the reader is experiencing the Olympics with Jesse. For students wishing to do research, the author's note "Jesse--Beyond the Track" and further reading list will be a good starting place.
Unlike Weatherford's John Coltrane book, this one is packed with useful information. A great tie-in read loud for World War II thematic unit as well segregation in the United States. Again, this book reads like poetry with its use of short stanzas.
Jan 02, 2008 Diana rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents of young children
Beautifully illustrated book that eloquently describes Mr. Owens accomplishments and the racism that he faced in Berlin and at home. This would be a really good book to introduce the concept of racism to a child and to open a discussion about how to treat others.
Crystal Crites
Jan 20, 2013 Crystal Crites rated it it was amazing
I loved how the pictures and story come together to make the reader feel as though they are in the moment with Jesse Owens. This was a very well written book for children to adults to read and appreciate.
Tammy Brown
Jun 01, 2016 Tammy Brown rated it really liked it
This is a great book. I use it for two purposes, Jesse was born in Alabama so I tie Alabama into my Great Depression/WWII unit. I also tie in racism while teaching about Hitler's rise to power.
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Carole Boston Weatherford is a children's book author and poet who "mines the past for family stories, fading traditions, and forgotten struggles." A number of Weatherford's books tell the stories of African-American historical figures such as Harriet Tubman, Jesse Owens, and Billie Holiday. Other books recount historical events such as the Greensboro Sit-ins and the bombing of the Sixteenth ...more
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