Bright Path

Young Jim Thorpe

Don Brown; Illustrated by the author

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A Sac and Fox Indian, Jim Thorpe was born Wa-tho-huck ("Bright Path") in Oklahoma in 1888. His childhood was a mix of hard work on his family’s ranch, wild days hunting and living rough in the outdoors, and a succession of dreary, military-strict "Indian Schools" that sought to impose white culture on Indian children. Jim hated them and frequently ran away, but it was at one such school, in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, that his life would change. Watching some student athletes practicing the high jump, Jim asked if he might try. Wearing overalls and a work shirt, he effortlessly cleared the bar on his first attempt—breaking the school’s high jump record. He was drafted onto the track and football teams by the school’s coach, Pop Warner, and went on to lead Carlisle to victories over the best college teams of the time. At the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, Thorpe won the five-event Pentathlon with a score that would never be beaten, and the even more grueling Decathlon with a score that stood for 20 years.

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“... a well-organized and visually appealing introduction ...”—School Library Journal
 
“... the theme of youthful aimlessness transforming into fierce athletic resolve will draw many children to the book ...”—Booklist

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Don Brown; Illustrated by the author

Don Brown is the author and illustrator of more than a dozen picture-book biographies. His subjects have included explorers, scientists, astronauts, aviation pioneers, moviemakers, religious leaders, and many others. He lives with his family on Long Island, New York.

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Bright Path
Young Jim Thorpe
Don Brown; Illustrated by the author

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Square Fish
January 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312377489
ISBN10: 0312377487
Picture Book Nonfiction
11 x 8 1/2 inches, 40 pages, Full-color illustrations
Age Range: 4 to 8
Grade Range: p to 3 Information for Librarians

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Lexile: AD980LL
F&P Level A-Z: N
AR Quiz Number: 105296
AR Points: 0.5

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