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A Picture Book of Jesse Owens (Picture Book Biography)

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A simple biography of the noted black track star who competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
Paperback, 29 pages
Published January 1st 1992 by Holiday House
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Nov 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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As a young child growing up, I too was a minority like Jessie Owens and my schooling took place in Ohio, (with whites as majority). Both are families raised us with good work ethics. Anytime my teacher gave me a choice for an essay, it was either Jessie Owens and Wilma Rudolf. They were my favorite track athletes. I started running track in middle school, however, everyone already knew I had speed unde
Brittney Finck
Oct 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
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This is a biography based on Jesse Owens. It begins with a brief background on Jesse Owens, how his grandparents had been slaves, how his parents were sharecroppers, and how he got his name. Owens' track career began when he was in junior high and went throughout college and into the Olympic Games of 1936. Jesse Owens won four gold medals right in front of Hitler.

This biography could be used as an introductory source to racism, Hitler's hate for other races, the Olympic Games, or a way to put i
Oct 19, 2017 rated it liked it
This book can be used for more than just a reading lesson. This could also be used in a history lesson. I would most definitely keep this book in the classroom!
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring introductory story for children about this legendary track star.
Ashlee Reed
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-lit
Age: Upper Elementary (4th-5th-6th grade)
Genre: Biography

Not a fan of biographies, but this book was interesting and gave good facts about Jesse Owens. I didn't know who he was, so it was informational. I think it is a great book for upper elementary to use on research. It is drawn in cartoon form at the end there is realistic pictures at the end. Good book.
Marisa Ewing
Mar 02, 2017 rated it liked it
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J.C. Owens was born in Oakville, Alabama to parents who were sharecroppers. His family was very poor and J.C. was often sick. They moved to Cleveland, Ohio in search of a better life. On the first day of school J.C.'s teacher thought he said "Jesse" and that name stuck. Jesse turned out to be an incredible track athlete and attend Ohio State University as an athlete, later competing in the Olympics where he set records in the 200 meter, 400 meter relay and the long jump. Despite his success in t ...more
Chelsea Yarworth
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens is a Biography about Jesse Owens and reading level is first through fourth grade. This book talks about the life of Jesse Owens from childhood to adulthood. It also explains his victories as an African American track and field athlete. This book deals with racism he faced as a black man and how he overcame them throughout his life. I rated this book 3 stars because of its watercolor illustrations. In the drawings the illustrator uses bolder colors and the background ...more
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Picture Book of Jesse Owens describes the olympic achievements of one of America's greatest athletes. The author starts by describing Owen's life as a child of sharecroppers who worked hard to rise from poverty so that they could give their children opportunities to live their dreams. The illustrator captures the beauty of early 20th century America by allowing children to see the racial segregation that Owen's and his family experienced as poor, African American citizens. The pages illustrati ...more
Reading Level: intermediate

The watercolor illustrations help to give the characters prominence in the drawings because the illustrator uses bolder colors. The backgrounds are in more muted colors. This book would be a superb candidate for a picture walk.

I love the theme of this story. It is that no matter what your struggles are, don't give up. Jesse Owens came from a poor family. However, he was able to accomplish his dreams and became a medal winning athlete during a time of great prejudice. I
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
David Alder always does a wonderful job with his mini-biography picture books for young readers. In this book Alder briefly focused on the different periods of Jesse Owen's life, from humble beginnings to the Olympic gold and beyond. A great addition to any elementary library or classroom.
Breana Vining
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
This is a book that talks about the life of Jesse Owens from childhood to adulthood. It explains his many victories as an African American track and field athlete. It also deals with the racism he faced as a black man and how he overcame them.
Nov 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This book is great to include in a social studies unit when addressing discrimination. Jesse Owens had to overcome a lot of hatred and unfair practices in the United States. Despite his triumphs, he excelled and achieved the great honor of becoming an Olympic athlete.
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