Bright Path: Young Jim Thorpe by Don Brown is a picture book biography of, 'the greatest athlete in the world,' Jim Thorpe. Born in Oklahoma in 1888, Jim's real name was Wa-tho-huck meaning Bright Path. Each day, he worked hard tending the crops, feeding the livestock, and taming wild horses. He loved his life until he was sent away to a school that taught Indian children how to live in the white man's world. Jim hated being kept in a schoolroom instead of being able to run free in the open fields. Many times, Jim would run away only to be caught and brought right back to school. One day, Jim Thorpe's life changed dramatically. After watching many of the school athletes fail at making a high jump, he asked to try. Jim cleared the bar with room to spare. With the help of his school coach, Jim joined the school team and learned to play different types of sports. This eventually earned him a spot in the 1912 Olympic Games in Stockholm. At the Olympics, Jim Thorpe won the decathlon event and set a world's record that wasn't broken for 16 years. Read this amazing story of how Thorpe's life started down a rocky path but eventually led him to greatness.
Similar authors: Ron Knapp; Jack Kavanagh: Glen Macnow; George Sullivan
Similar books: Thorpe!: The Sports Career of James Thorpe by James Hahn;
Jim Thorpe: Orginal All-American by Joseph Bruchac;
Jim Thorpe's Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac;
Sports Great by Nolan Ryan;
Great Lives: Sports by George Sullivan
Date read: 7/12/2010