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[BOOKS] Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

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    Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story by PAULA YOO, Dom Lee (Illustrator) Book Description The inspirational true story of Sammy Lee, a Korean
    Message 1 of 1 , May 27, 2005
      Sixteen Years In Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
      by PAULA YOO, Dom Lee (Illustrator)

      Book Description
      The inspirational true story of Sammy Lee, a Korean American who
      overcame discrimination to realize both his father's desire that he
      become a doctor and his own dream of becoming an Olympic champion

      Editorial Reviews

      From School Library Journal
      Kindergarten-Grade 3–This inspirational biography recognizes the life
      of the first Asian American to win an Olympic gold medal, at the 1948
      Games in London. Even though he grew up in California when "people of
      color" were only allowed to use the public swimming pools one day a
      week, Lee was never discouraged from his dream. In college, he made
      an agreement with his father that he would keep good enough grades to
      enter medical school, but continue to enter diving competitions. Yoo
      brings the biography to a dramatic conclusion with the 16 seconds of
      a three-and-a-half somersault dive. Lee's painterly illustrations
      give texture and depth to the full-page spreads. More than a story
      about discrimination and unfair treatment, this story shows one young
      man's determination and resolve toward accomplishing a goal in life.–
      Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA
      Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier
      Inc. All rights reserved.

      From Booklist
      *Starred Review* Gr. 2-4. In her first picture book, winner of the
      publisher's New Voices Award, Yoo introduces Sammy Lee, the son of
      Korean immigrants who overcame formidable odds to become an Olympic
      diving champion as well as a doctor. In 1932, at the age of 12, Sammy
      fell in love with diving, but his local pool was open only once a
      week to nonwhites. He faced opposition at home, too; his father
      wanted him to focus on a "respectful" profession--medicine. Yoo
      describes how Sammy found a coach, maintained a grueling balance
      between academics and training, and finally earned both a medical
      degree and an Olympic gold medal. The minimal, well-shaped language
      focuses on powerful scenes that demonstrate Sammy's indestructible
      determination, his struggles with his father, and the prejudice he
      faced. Washed in nostalgic sepia tones, Dom Lee's acrylic-and-wax
      textured illustrations are reminiscent of his fine work in Ken
      Mochizuki's watershed Baseball Saved Us (1993), and like Yoo's
      understated words, the uncluttered images leave a deep impression; an
      aerial view of Sammy facing the blue expanse of the Olympic pool is
      particularly affecting. A page of facts closes this handsome,
      inspiring biography, which will make both an excellent read-aloud for
      younger children or a read-alone for confident older ones. Gillian

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