Duke's Olympic Feet
by Ellie Crowe (Goodreads Author)
Duke Kahanamoku, a genuine Hawaiian hero, comes alive in these pages. A fast-paced account of his trials and triumphs in setting a world record in swimming and then capturing a Gold Medal at the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm. Also a bonus tale of how he introduced board surfing "down under" in Australia.
Hardcover, 44 pages
Published November 13th 2002 by Island Heritage
(first published November 2002)
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Apr 20, 2011 Pua Hawaiʻi Book Blog rated it 3 of 5 stars
The book is slightly oversized with near portrait sized pages. It may be a bit too large for small hands but the colors and the brushwork are engaging for young readers. Since the book is published to accommodate the large illustrations, the vast amount of vertical white space on the opposing pages is filled with text. The long paragraphs may be challenging for very young readers with short attention spans and there are portions of the story which could have been better summarized and some lengt...more
Jul 28, 2009 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: older children and parents reading with them
This is an interesting account of Duke Kahanamoku's first experience with international competitive swimming events, culminating in his first gold medal at the 1912 Olympic games in Sweden. The illustrations are expressive, though a bit fuzzy, and they show Duke in his happiest moments, surfing in the warm Hawaiian ocean, as well as out of his element in the cold of Chicago. It's a good story, and tells a bit of Hawaiian history, without being too wordy.
Ellie Crowe loves to read and to write and is the author of Surfer of the Century, The Life of Duke Kahanamoku,(Lee and Low NY 2008), Hardcore Inventing, Invent, Protect, Promote and Profit (Skyhorse Publishing, NY 2009), Hawaii, A Pictorial Celebration, (Sterling Publishing NY), Exploring Lost Hawaii, Places of Power, History, Mystery and Magic, (Island Heritage, Hawaii 2003), content featured on...moreMore about Ellie Crowe...