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Bright path : young Jim Thorpe

by Brown, Don, 1949-

Format: Print Book 2006
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Juv Biography J 92 THO
Location  Jefferson Hills Public Library
Collection  Juv Biography
Call Number  J 92 THO
Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B THORPE
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Children's Biography
Call Number  J B THORPE
Pleasant Hills Public Library Juvenile Juv 92 THORPE Jim
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  Juv 92 THORPE Jim
South Park Library Juvenile j92 THO
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Juvenile
Call Number  j92 THO
Jim Thorpe's childhood was a mix of hard work in the outdoors and a succession of military-strict "Indian Schools" that relentlessly imposed white culture on Native American children. Then in 1907, wearing overalls and a work shirt, he effortlessly broke his school high-jump record - a feat that launched a remarkable athletic career in track, football, and baseball, culminating at the 1912 Olympics, where Thorpe won the decathlon with a world record score that would stand for almost 20 yearsand the pentathlon with a points total that would never be beaten.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Gr. 2-4. Though Jim Thorpe's tribal name meant "Bright Path," his way was anything but clear during years spent foundering within the rigid Indian school system. However, after an impulsive high jump that astonished his school's track team, Thorpe launched a remarkable career and eventually earned renown as "the World's Greatest Athlete." This portrait concludes with his crowning achievement at the 1912 Olympiad, but a lengthy endnote, illustrated with tiny photos, discusses the subsequent brouhaha over Thorpe's amateur status. Brown's ephemeral lines and washes don't fully express the physicality so central to his subject's life story, and the abbreviated facial features (slashes for eyes, nose, and mouth) give little sense of Thorpe's appearance. But the theme of youthful aimlessness transforming into fierce athletic resolve will draw many children to the book, which Brown narrates with a sportscaster's exuberance ("He's . . . a jackrabbit, a dynamo, a steam engine!"). Sources and a bibliographic note are appended. For another picture book on Thorpe, steer children to Joseph Bruchac's Jim Thorpe's Bright Path 0 (2004). --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2006 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In this rather disappointing picture book biography, Brown (Mack Made Movies) spotlights the early years of Native American Olympian athlete Jim Thorpe through to his participation in the 1912 Olympics. He was born on land belonging to the Sac and Fox Indians in 1888, and called Wa-tho-huck, meaning Bright Path. The author covers a lot of ground here, and though readers learn a lot about Jim's life, they don't get much of a sense of his character. The first few spreads establish the boy's love of the outdoors, growing up on his family's Oklahoma farm. At six, he was sent to a boarding school for Indian children where he was "taught to act and dress like white people." Before the age of 13, his mother died, and eventually Jim's father sent him to a "military strict" Indian school in Pennsylvania, where he felt "like a quail in a cornstalk snare." But it was there that, on a lark, Jim tried to clear the high-jump bar and wound up breaking the school record, turning him onto track and football. At the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, he won gold medals in the pentathlon and decathlon. (A concluding note fills in details of Thorpe's later years and being stripped of his medals, a decision that was reversed in 1973.) In trying to cover such an expanse of events, the narrative sacrifices depth, and the artwork seems less crafted here than in Brown's other works. Ages 5-9. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information."

Additional Information
Subjects Thorpe, Jim, -- 1887-1953 -- Juvenile literature.
Athletes -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Indian athletes -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Publisher New Milford, Conn. :Roaring Brook Press,2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 23 x 29 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9781596430419
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