Queen of the Track:Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion

As this year s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition, just as Alice Coachman did for the 1948 Olympics in London This inspirational nonfiction book by Heather Lang is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversAs this year s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro, athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition, just as Alice Coachman did for the 1948 Olympics in London This inspirational nonfiction book by Heather Lang is a story of perseverance and unwavering ambition that follows Coachman on her journey from rural Georgia, where she overcame adversity both as a woman and as a black athlete, to her triumph in Wembly Stadium With her strong determination and innate athletic talent, Alice raced her way to the top of the track and field world and, leaping over all hurdles in her path, went on to become the first African American woman to take home the gold medal This amazing journey is complemented by Floyd Cooper s pastel illustrations that serve to represent Coachman s incredible struggles.School Library Journal says Lang brings her subject s early years to life through small details Cooper s pastels keep to a brown, grainy palette, recalling the Georgia dirt on which the track star ran as a child.
Queen of the Track Alice Coachman Olympic High Jump Champion As this year s Olympics draw near in Rio de Janeiro athletes from around the world are training hard to overcome the competition just as Alice Coachman did for the Olympics in London This inspi

  • Title: Queen of the Track:Alice Coachman Olympic High-Jump Champion
  • Author: HeatherLang Floyd Cooper
  • ISBN: 9781590788509
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. This is a very good book to read to students about setting goals and going for them, even in tough times. Alice Coachman was born in the 1930's, in a poor African American family with 10 children. Despite the difficulties she faced growing up, she made it to the 1944 Olympics and won a gold medal in high jump. She was the first African American female to win a medal. My 4th grade students enjoyed learning about Alice and we were able to talk about some of the history of African Americans in the [...]

    2. A beautifully illustrated book about Alice Coachman, the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal (in high jump). Floyd Cooper's pastel drawings have warm earth tones, on brown paper, and a luminous glow. The text is for older readers, with many details left out of shorter versions such as Touch the Sky. (I was particularly intrigued by the time she volunteered as a rescue runner after a 1940 tornado struck her hometown; "she moved so fast, she could deliver food while it was st [...]

    3. Alice Coachman loved to run and jump. Trouble was, in the 1930’s it was not considered ladylike or useful for a young African-American girl to spend time on athletics. Lang’s biography explores the racism, sexism and poverty that should have kept Alice Coachman’s feet on the ground and the guts and determination that propelled her become the first African American female gold medal winner at the 1948 Summer Olympics in post-war London. Perfectly timed for children interested by this summer [...]

    4. A wonderful introduction to the first African American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. At a time when girls where discouraged from running and jumping Alice Coachman soared and paved the way for Wilma Rudolph and Jackie Joyner-Kersee. Also contains an interesting afterword about how London hosted the games with less than 2 years to prepare, after WW II, while the streets were covered with bomb debris and there were still shortages of food, clothing and gasoline. Switzerland donated gymnastic [...]

    5. Can you name the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal?It was high-jumper Alice Coachman, as I learned from this well told and softly illustrated picture book biography. Coachman overcame racism, poverty, restrictive gender roles and tough athletic competition to achieve her dream.This book has interesting historical connections, not only to segregation in the Unite States, but also to WWII. The back matter includes a section on how the 1948 Olympics managed to be pulled off [...]

    6. Inspiring story about a little girl from Albany, Georgia, who rose above poverty, discrimination and segregation to attend Tuskegee Institute High school on a track scholarship, and ultimately become the first African American woman to win an Olympic medal. Gorgeous pastel illustrations compliment the text. Alice Coachman said it best:" When the going gets tough and you feel like throwing your hands in the air, listen to that voice that tells you, 'Keep going. Hang in there.' Guts and determinat [...]

    7. I read this book to two sets of 4th grade students to showcase what a biography is. (I'm a substitute teacher.) I didn't know Alice Coachman existed until I read this book to them, and I think it's an inspiring story of persistence and determination. My first set of students particularly enjoyed the story. I think it was an important read because the majority of my students today were African-American. It's a great story to read for all kids (but particularly minority kids) to show them that fol [...]

    8. Alice Coachman was the first African American woman to win a gold medal in the Olympics in 1948. That's quite an accomplishment in it's own right. Knowing that she dealt with sexism, poverty and racism along the way make's her achievement even more extraordinary.

    9. Picturebook biography of an Olympic star that could not compete in the Olympics still after World War II ended. A short biography of a woman African American that gives a glimpse into the south before civil rights.

    10. Wonderful picture book biography of the first African-American woman to win an Olympic Gold Medal. This was a fact I did not know. Beautifully illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

    11. The amazing story of the first African American woman to become a gold medalist. A great early elementary bio.

    12. Loved the story, and the message. The illustrations needed some spunk. Great read aloud for older kids studying American and Black history.

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