Bright Path: Young Jim Thorpe

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Macmillan, Jan 22, 2008 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 40 pages
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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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User Review  - EmilyDrennan - LibraryThing

This book is about a young boy named Jim Thorpe. The book starts off when Jim is nine-years-old and continues as he gets older. Jim is from a Native American family and is sent off to several boarding ... Read full review

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User Review  - matthewbloome - LibraryThing

This was a very thorough biography of Jim Thorpe, someone I didn't have a very clear historical perspective on. The author's note was tremendous though over the average elementary reader's head. The main text was very easy to understand though. All of it was great. Read full review

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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.