The Olympic and Paralympic Games - Books - Living Paintings

Living Paintings

The Olympic and Paralympic Games

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3), Teachers

Sponsored by: The Equitable Charitable Trust

In this fact book Clive Gifford, children’s author and Blue Peter Book Awards winner, tells us about the history of the Olympics, including the Olympic torch, medals, the sports, the Paralympics and Winter Olympics.  Famous athletes and sports broadcasters share their stories, with interviews by Clare Balding. Along with facts and stats there are funny stories too! This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and would be useful as an educational resource in class. Also good for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, reading for pleasure and independent learning.

Listen to an audio clip

Hello again, I'd like to tell you all about my trip to Olympia - the site of the Ancient Olympics in Greece. It was a long journey to get there, I can tell you. I flew to a Greek island called Zante, smelt the salty sea air on a creaky old ferry boat and then got on a noisy bus for several hours"¦but finally, I reached the birthplace of the Olympics - Olympia.
Now, long before there were huge crowds watching any running, jumping, and wrestling or throwing competitions, Olympia was a holy place dedicated to Zeus, the father of all the Ancient Greek gods. Ancient Greeks made long journeys to Mount Olympia to worship Zeus. They believed that their gods could harm or improve their everyday lives. To encourage Zeus to help them and not harm them, people made sacrifices such as pouring wine or killing and burning a calf. Over time, Olympia grew and the Ancient Olympic Games were started as a festival to celebrate Zeus's honour.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • A large print colour image pack.
  • Guidance notes for parents and teachers to help you make the most of using this book.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Olympic Rings
Zeus & Hermes
Javelin Thrower & Prize Pot
Olympic Torches
3 Medals & Crown of Olive leaves
Wheelchair track athlete
Hurdler & Hammer Thrower
Diver, Table Tennis and Badminton
Gymnast & Weightlifter
Dressage Rider & Horse
Slalom Kayak & Rowing
Skier & Snowboarder
Bobsled & Skeleton

What our members say

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The Thermoforms Were Brilliant ... the Olympic and Paralympic Games pack has had to be the best pack ever for my student. He has just started a secondary school so transition was huge for him. The curriculum for the first term was all based around the Olympic Games, and this pack helped tremendously ... Library Member
Interesting topic Interesting topic, the student loved this teaching pack as he loved the information given and gets to explore the pictures Rose
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