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"A Sporting Chance" is an extraordinary book. My 8-year-old and I were captivated by this true story, which is full of compelling historical photos and drawings. Ludwig Guttmann's devotion to treating paraplegics and encouraging them to play sports again, overcoming persecution as a Jewish doctor in Nazi Germany, and founding the Paralympic Games is one of the most inspiring stories we've ever come across.
This inspiring chapter book biography shares the story of Ludwig Guttmann, the founder of the Paralympics. He was a German-Jewish doctor who escaped to England before WWII, and after years of patient care and research, he developed life-saving treatment techniques for paralytics. As many paralyzed men returned from war, he helped them survive, regain their will to live, and recover basic skills through rehabilitative therapies. He also began to host sports events to help his patients redevelop strength and enjoy recreation. This led to the creation of the Paralympic Games. I enjoyed reading this incredible story, and never would have imagined that one man could accomplish so much in this field.
This is a wonderful historical source. Even though the simple sentences and cartoon illustrations make it accessible to the target middle grade audience, it is well-researched and can appeal to all ages. The author shares lots of photographic reproductions, provides thorough citations, and includes a detailed timeline in the back, making this is a great choice for both families and schools. I especially appreciate how it shows the intersection between major historical events and changing societal views towards the disabled.
At the end of the book, the author shares photographs and short bios of different Paralympic victors from throughout the years, providing examples of how people with a range of different disabilities can compete in sports. This shows how greatly Guttmann's legacy has affected people even outside of his medical field, and it is joyful and inspiring, showing that it is possible to overcome physical limitations and disruptive tragedies to still enjoy life. This book celebrates the value of human life, and gives credit to the pioneer in this field while also honoring the accomplishments of specific athletes.
I received an advance copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
"Sport has played a very important part in the physical, psychological as well as social rehabilitation of the paralysed, and the profound value of sport in preventing these patients from retiring into inactivity cannot be exaggerated." —Dr. Ludwig Guttmann
This book beautifully explores Ludwig Guttmann's life, and his work to save lives. It's engaging and informative, and filled with real photographs and expressive illustrations. This book perfectly helps kids explore history, disabilities, perseverance and hope.
Reviewed in the United States on December 10, 2020
A great book for a young athlete, a young reader interested in history, or anyone involved in Special Olympics or the Paralympics. <u>A Sporting Chance</u> is about Dr. Ludwig Guttman and how he started the Paralympics. He believed that physical movement and involvement in a sports activity would enhance the lives of a person with paraplegia. Dr. Guttman was a strong Rights Activist for those patients he served. This is a definite read for young readers who are interested in sports, and history, their coaches, or anyone interested in learning more. Paralympics are not as well known as the Olympics, and Lori Alexander brings the Paralympics to life here.
***I received this book from Lori Alexander through a giveaway. ***
A Sporting Chance combines the facts, photos and history into a compelling biography of Ludwig Guttmann and how he came to create the Paralympic Games. I won this book and could not put it down after receiving it. The chapters are full of information and the book itself has so much research behind it, made clear by the bibliography, notes and time line. This is a great read aloud for middle graders and those independent readers in the upper grades who love biographies. Lori Alexander along with illustrator Allan Drummond have made a great book.