Jim Thorpe, Original All-American: A Review

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Eric Cain
English 10 period 5
January 14,2009

I. Jim Thorpe Original All-American by Joseph Bruchac

II.The book I read was a biography. The reason I know this is because it talked about his life throughout the book written from the writer. Throughout the book it used words like he and his in almost every paragraph. In this book he gave many stories of his childhood to his adulthood, which was narractorated by Jim Thorpe. One example is when Jim is playing football he says “I had spent most of that game with my old friend, the bench.” Another example is near the end of the book when Thorpe says, “I was the best-known athlete in the world and a sports hero.

The reason I chose this book is because I like to read books about people I do not know. I didn’t know Jim Thorpe but I had heard of him before. Before I checked this out I did a little research on who he was and found that he was a great athelete. He played professional baseball, college football, and won Olympic gold medals in track & field. So I decided to read this book because I love sports so this would be a good book for me to read.

Jim thrope has many great traits but I’m going to narrow it down to 3 traits. One trait he has is brave, throughout his life he had to deal with a lot of family tradigies especially since his father died when he was just a little boy. He also is very shy, he probably became this way because when he was little his mother sent him to an Indian boarding school, which he hated because he had no friends so he was mostly lonely throughout his childhood. Another trait is that he is lucky, this is true because throughout his life he has ran in to many lucky importunnites. One example of this is when he ran away from his boarding school one time he ran into Pop Warner, who is a coach for football. This coach gave him the opportunity to play on his football and track team where he first began his athletic career. The authors theme in this book is that hard work pays off....
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