Reviews for Freeze Frame : A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics


Booklist Reviews 2005 December #2
Gr. 6-9. Just in time for the 2006 games in Italy comes this lively, heavily illustrated survey of the Winter Olympics, by the author of Higher, Faster, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics (2004). Following an introductory section covering the events that led up to the first winter game are chapters centering on the inevitable battles with weather, dramatic sports legends and scandals, and the inclusion of snowboarding and other dangerous, "extreme" events in the competition. A final section offers brief summaries of each Winter Olympics, starting with the 1908 and 1920 winter games. Macy's easy, anecdotal style is both substantive and captivating. There is plenty of information to support reports here, but the fascinating details and the open layouts, filled with color images of athletes through the century, will pull in browsers gearing up for the games. Source information and suggested resources close this timely, handsome offering, which will attract both reluctant and strong readers long past the games' close. ((Reviewed December 15, 2005)) Copyright 2005 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2006 Fall
This is an equally compelling companion to [cf2]Swifter, Higher, Stronger[cf1], Macy's photo-history of the summer games. The accessible text recounts dramatic highs and scandalous lows of the international competition and highlights the major players--both on stage and off. Accompanied by well-placed colorful photos, this well-designed book captures the spirit and substance of the event. Reading list, websites. Ind. Copyright 2006 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Library Media Connection - June/July 2006
Defining the modern Winter Olympiad, this book uses effective photographs and text to describe the games' many facets. Presented are the history, weather, people, events, controversies, and extremes. Fascinating descriptions of natural forces interfering with the competition, as well as controversies and conflict, show the drama that defines the Olympics. For example, the author shares the incredible rise of Peggy Fleming as an international ice skating star after U.S. hopes were dashed by the airplane crash that killed all eighteen members of the 1961 U.S. Figure Skating Team. Also detailed is the conflict between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan that overshadowed the 1994 Olympics. Finally, the evolution of the games to include extreme and dangerous sports as a way to attract younger audiences is explained. The end of the book includes an Olympic Almanac and Olympic Snapshots, which provide a summary of the defining events for each Winter Olympics. Photographs throughout the book define the emotion, competition, and action of sport. This well-written and thoroughly researched book is a must addition to library collections. Highly Recommended. Diana H. Hanke, Library Media Supervisor, Duchesne (Utah) County School District © 2006 Linworth Publishing, Inc.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 February

Gr 4 Up -This book on the games and the past participants and their performances from the beginning at Chamonix, France in 1924 to the present has spectacular photographs and clear, captivating prose. It presents a carefully researched history along with the triumphs and tragedies of the participants and can be enjoyed for the photographs (small action shots to full spreads), the stories of individual accomplishments, or the snapshot highlights of each of the games. The vivid color and black-and-white illustrations depict the joy and intensity of the athletes. A map showing the location of the games, charts of facts about winners, and an annotated bibliography of book and Web sites support the information. A foreword by Peggy Fleming and a detailed index add to the appeal and usefulness of the book.-Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro

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VOYA Reviews 2006 June
With the excitement of the Winter Olympics fresh in readers' minds, this timely book will answer any questions piqued by the Games. Supported by the exceptional photography that one has come to expect from this publisher and with an inspiring foreword by Peggy Fleming, the book takes the reader through the history of the Olympic Games. It includes the heroes and superstars, the conflicts between athletes, the weather problems that plagued many of the venues, and the sports themselves, from figure skating to snowboarding and everything in between. Fantastic black-and-white photos of eleven-year-old Sonja Henie competing in her first Olympics to the vivid color shots of Apolo Anton Ohno leading the pack at the men's 1,000 meter short track speedskating illustrate the scope of this work A most informative section called Olympic Almanac is located at the end of the book. It gives a thumbnail account of the highlights of the Olympic Games starting in 1908 through 2010. Chock full of information and brilliant photographs, this book certainly deserves a gold medal.-Kathie Fitch Index. Photos. Source Notes. Chronology. 5Q 4P M J S Copyright 2006 Voya Reviews.

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