Usain Bolt

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Pub Date 4 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 19 Apr 2024

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Learn about the incredible life of Usain Bolt, the record-breaking athlete who's charisma and drive has won his fans across the world.

Growing up in a rural town in Jamaica, Usain was a standout cricketer and sprinter from a young age. His school coach noticed his talent, and by age fourteen he was wowing fans with his lightning speed on the track. Due to a medical condition named scolosis, it took Usain time to develop a training routine that worked for him, but by listening to his body and working with professionals, he learned his strengths and played to them. In 2008 he took the world by storm at the Beijing Olympics when he broke numerous records. The following year he put his name in the history books when he became the 100m and 200m world record holder at the world championships.

Despite the pressure, Usain continued to achieve great things – including starting a foundation to help children achieve their dreams. Usain's story teaches us that any dream is achievable if you put your mind to it and believe in yourself. 

This powerful book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the sprinter's life.

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Learn about the incredible life of Usain Bolt, the record-breaking athlete who's charisma and drive has won his fans across the world.

Growing up in a rural town in Jamaica, Usain was a standout...

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I really enjoy this series and love learning new things about the people who I have followed growing up. I think it shows an important message that even when Bolt was injured he came back fighting. Lovely clear illustration. I’ll definitely be adding this to my hardback collection!

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Another great addition to this series, telling the story of Usain Bolt and how he moved from playing cricket to being the fastest man.
Lovely illustrations to share inspirational people with children.

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I love nonfiction children's books, and this book did not disappoint! I read it to my 3 and 5 year old boys, and we all enjoyed it. I think every little boy dreams of being "as fast as lightning." This book would be perfect for ages 3-9.

It was very interesting to learn about Usain's childhood in Jamaica and how his true passion was cricket, not running. I loved that this book teaches kids that natural talent can only get you so far. You still have to work hard and tirelessly if you want to be the best at something. The illustrations are colorful and fitting for the story. I also loved the ending, where older children and adults can learn more about Usain's life and see pictures from his impressive running career.

I look forward to reading many more books from this series!

I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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This was such a cute an educational book about one of the world's greatest track stars, Usain Bolt. I learned something pretty cool from this book, that Bolt actually preferred playing cricket and that he basically had to be convinced to join the track team! There were so many great facts in this book and its written in a way that even a small child could understand and retain.

I love these kinds of books. I am definitely going to purchase a copy of this book for my toddler.

We volunteered to read an ARC of this book through NetGalley.

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This is a fun children's book discussing the story of the sprinter, Usain Bolt. The illustrations are very cute and eye-catching. I think children will absolutely enjoy this book and learn something about this remarkable athlete.

Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

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This wonderful book shared Usain Bolt’s story making it fun and informative. Easy to read. Great graphics. Fun read!
Thank you Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book.

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I'm an elementary teacher and I love this series. Little People Big Dreams gives children influential, positive individuals to read and learn about like Usain Bolt. This book is well written and gives a nice glimpse into the life of the fastest man on the planet. Thanks NetGalley and Quarto Publishing Group for this ARC.

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In 1986 in Jamaica, a little boy was born with a competitive spirit. His parents named him Usain St. Leo Bolt.

He loved playing cricket and was motivated by food from a young age. His high school coach saw promise in his athletic abilities and encouraged him to build on his strengths. In fact, Usain was given his first pair of running shoes by his school!

The path to Olympic gold medals was not an easy one. Usain struggled with nerves so much that he once put his shoes on the wrong feet. He also had many limitations and health issues, but Usain chose to see them as challenges to overcome rather than reasons to quit. The most difficult lesson he learned had to do with his attitude. Usain thought his talent could carry him farther than training. His laziness taught him a valuable lesson.

We may know him as “Lightning Bolt” and an 8-time Olympic gold medal winner, but Usain didn’t start out with a dream to be a track star and had many hurdles to overcome in his journey to success.

This book carries a wonderful message and reminds children that anything worthwhile takes dedication and effort as well as a winning mindset.

I was gifted this copy by Quarto Publishing Group, Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.

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I love this series!! This mini biography of Usain Bolt is the perfect addition! I love how it highlights his overcoming of obstacles and shows the value in perseverance and hard work. I didn’t know he had scoliosis, but that makes his feats even more impressive.

Thank you to Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Quarto Publishing, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this beautiful book!

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Another amazing book in the 'Little People, Big Dreams' series. Great illustrations, love the story about Usain Bolt, and great for kids to learn about a special athlete.

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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this book in exchange for my review! All opinions are my own.

I enjoyed this book because I remember watching Usain Bolt running on the TV. Usain Bolt is a very interesting person and I think children will enjoy learning about him. I also really enjoyed the illustrations.

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I absolutely love the Little People, Big Dreams series and this was no exception. I enjoyed the writing style and liked how the author weaved in life lessons about the power of hard work and determination. The illustrations were beautiful and really enhanced the story. I love that these books contain a summary at the end which is aimed at older readers and recommendations are given for extra reading.

Overall I love the Little People, Big Dreams series and this might be one of my favourites as I remember watching Usain Bolt run when I was younger!

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I love this series. Even very young readers can learn about interesting people like Usain Bolt and his amazing accomplishments. It's amazing how he overcame scoliosis to win several gold medals and support programs for other young athletes. I didn't know that he became a music producer after retiring from sports. Thanks to NetGalley for letting me read this

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A great book about Usain Bolt.. Was able to get the facts about him and follow along with the colourful pictures.
My son also looked and read the book.

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As a family, we love to read Little People, Big Dreams. This is no exception. It was fascinating to learn about Usain Bolt, from his childhood to becoming a world class Olympian. 10/10

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Having now read quite a few Little People, Big Dreams books, this was definitely a favourite. Usain Bolt is a great role model to many youngsters and his popularity will encourage many to pick up this book.
The story is really well written and incredibly informative, teaching me many things I didn't know about Usain. It also includes many lessons which are valuable to young people about determination, overcoming adversity and never giving up despite failure. The illustrations are fantastic as always to bring the story to life.
My little girl has already requested we pre-order this book! I would love to see more sports stars featured in the Little People, Big Dreams series - hopefully more will follow!

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Little People, Big Dreams does an amazing job of telling the story of Usian Bolt. I had no idea he originally was into cricket and didn't even want to run. A great story about how practice can change your life. Perfect for readers of all ages who want to know more about this amazing sprinter.

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This made me tear up! I never knew he had scoliosis - his adjusting to that condition makes him even more relatable for kids with physical disabilities. His post-career community work makes him a true role model. Definitely a book worth giving to kids and buying for libraries.

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This is a great addition to this series, with wonderfully colorful artwork that complements the story of one of the most famous athletes in the world. This is a perfect read for little track-stars-t0-be, especially in an Olympic year!

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. All opinions are my own.

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The "Little People, BIG DREAMS" series, known for bringing the stories of inspirational figures to young readers, adds another remarkable biography to its collection with the life of Usain Bolt. This book not only highlights Bolt's journey from a young cricketeer and sprinter in a rural Jamaican town to becoming the fastest man in the world but also encapsulates the spirit of perseverance and dedication.

What makes this book stand out in the series is its ability to connect with children by presenting Usain Bolt's story as one of dreams, challenges, and triumphs. It is a tale that resonates deeply with the series' ethos of showing how every big dream begins with a dreamer. Bolt's early recognition for his speed, his breathtaking achievements at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and his world record-setting performance in 2009 are narrated in a way that is accessible and engaging for young readers. The book does an excellent job of conveying that Bolt's path to success was not without obstacles, emphasizing the importance of resilience and hard work.

The "Little People, BIG DREAMS" series is laudable for its diverse range of subjects, and the addition of Usain Bolt enriches this collection by introducing children to the world of sports and athletics. The narrative encourages readers that any dream is achievable with dedication, a powerful message that aligns perfectly with the series' goal of inspiring the next generation of outstanding people who will change the world.

The book's illustrations and design are likely as captivating as its narrative, adhering to the series' characteristic style that combines simplicity with visual appeal. This combination of storytelling and art makes Usain Bolt's biography not just a reading experience but an immersive journey into the life of a global sports icon.

The "Little People, BIG DREAMS" series offers a variety of formats to cater to different age groups, from board books for toddlers to more detailed stories for older children. This adaptability ensures that Usain Bolt's inspiring story can reach and resonate with a broad audience. The inclusion of activity books and journals further extends the learning experience, allowing children to explore their dreams and how they might achieve them.

The biography of Usain Bolt within the "Little People, BIG DREAMS" series is a splendid addition that continues the tradition of inspiring children through the stories of individuals who have made significant contributions to their fields. It teaches young readers about the values of perseverance, dedication, and the belief that dreams, no matter how big, can be achieved. This book is not just a story about a sports legend; it is a motivational tool that encourages children to dream big and work hard, making it a valuable addition to any child's library.

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"Believe in your dreams and anything is possible!" This is one of Usain's famous motto or quotes. He practise this through out life.

I enjoyed reading Usain's story from his childhood too his Olympic successes. His story will inspire many children out there who may be serious about pursuing sports. You will learn what his first love in sport was (not running). Kids will also learn that natural talent is a gift but you also need to put in the work to keep and improve on the talent.

Usain Bolt is well written and beautifully illustrated to draw and keep children attention. I can't wait to purchase this for my kids.

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The story of Usain Bolt shows children the importance of hard work in becoming successful. Usain not only achieved so much in the athletic world, but made a difference in the lives of the children he inspired.

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I really love these little books which provide a lovely history of some well known clubs.

Beautifully illustrated the book also provides actual photos and a timeliness of key events within the individual's life

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Usain Bolt joins the phenomenon of books by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara and is a fantastic addition to the Little People Big Dreams series.
The books are particularly relatable to my class if the featured person is still alive- they seem to enjoy them more as it gives them a purpose to research and find out more about them.
The words that accompany the fantastic illustrations by Karen Crosbie are simple for even the youngest independent reader to understand. The text details how Usain found that he could run incredibly quickly when he was in his teen years and how quickly he achieved some fantastic world records.
The story continues with a timeline at the rear of the book that gives further in-depth information about Bolt's life to date.

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I always enjoy reading the Little People, Big Dreams series of books. I find that I usually learn something about the character that the book is focused on while I'm reading and feel that the younger audience these books are geared toward will also learn something too. Usain Bolt is a great example of talent mixed with perseverance and dedication. I thought the story really leaned in to those themes to teach younger kids that it's important to work for what you want and to keep going to achieve your goals. There's also a great theme highlighted of giving back to your community and helping others achieve their goals as well.

I think Usain Bolt is a great addition to the LP, BD series and highlighting his accomplishments on the track as well as off provides a well-rounded picture of who he is beyond just the name recognition that came with his later racing career. I also really enjoyed the illustrations. They're well matched with the story and really help to illustrate what is being written about. Plus they are colorful and engaging to look at. Overall, a great addition to the collection. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the eARC to read and review!

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As always - Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara did amazing with this book - the illustrations, the facts, truly everything. I also love that she has a wide range of people she writes these books about - singers and athletes, back and white, female and male, truly everyone can find somethimg for themselves to be represented in.

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I got this on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review!

I love this series so much, and this was no different! I learned so much about Usain Bolt, and love the division this does between his childhood, his growth, and his various accomplishments! The illustrations are also so great, and love how much the Jamaican flag is included (as it should!)

Would definitely recommend this to anyone who is into sports and athletes!

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You can't beat these sweet, bite-sized biographies. The graphics are excellent and there's just enough content that readers of all ages can learn something without getting too in-depth. The ending has a nice timeline and some real-life photos. Those who are interested in learning more can use that to help with follow-up.

Thank you NetGalley & the publisher for the ARC.

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Usain lived in Jamaica with his family and went to school there where he went from soccer player to Olympic trainee. In time he became a record-breaking sprinter. When he retired from activities in the Olympics, he formed a foundation for giving back to the school athletic programs in his homeland.
The illustrations by Karen Crosbie are fun, simple, brilliantly colorful, and delightful.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your local public library!
I requested and received a free temporary e-book on Adobe Digital Editions from Quarto Publishing Group/Frances Lincoln Children's Books via NetGalley. Thank you! Expected publication 04 Jun 2024
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I know I keep saying it, but I love this series! Truly one of the best kids series out there, and it's equally enjoyable for adults. I always learn something new, and this is such an inspiring, captivating story for children.

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Usain Bolt by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara is a great, age appropriate way for children to learn about Usain Bolt. I love how this book not only talks about his achievements, but also qualities that helped him achieve them like discipline. I love the entire series of Little People Big Dreams. I would have a whole library of these books for a small child. They teach children about public figures, but also go into other important qualities like being a friend, generous and helping. The illustrations are great too!

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Another great addition to this collection of books. I loved the vibrant, colourful illustrations and I also really liked the inclusion of setbacks such Bolt's injury at the 2004 Olympics to show the importance of resilience. A wonderful book.

Many thanks to the author, publisher and Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an unbiased review.

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With thanks to Netgalley for this copy.

Bright and colourful illustrations paired with engaging, easy to understand information. A great child friendly introduction to a great athlete.

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Thank you Netgalley for advanced copy in exchange for review.

This book was really cute. Gave all the important facts about Bolt's accomplishments as well as provide information on how he got into track.

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This is another excellent book in the series. The illustrations are really lovely and go well with the writing. It was really interesting to read more about Bolt and his life. I didn’t know a lot of it before. I thought that the illustration with his shoelace undone was great and liked the picture with him and others doing his well know pose was really good too.

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Another book in a long, long line of spectacular biographies by Maria.
She has a unique skill of making a person's life interesting to children.

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I just love this series! Little People, Big Dreams delivers with another vibrantly illustrated story of Usain Bolt. We have so many students who compete in track and field at our school who I know would love to read this book and see how Usain didn’t give up and how his training and discipline led to his success! Definitely adding this one to my classroom library!

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to review this book.

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My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Received for review: I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.

Why did I decide to turn the pages? I love this series. Most of the books are very informative, and I love the diverse representation in the series. So when I was given the chance to review it, I took it.

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I loved the illustrations in this one. I also loved the focus on Usain's background and what he did after he retired. The book also focused on needing to work hard for your dreams and not just rely on natural talent, which I liked. There were a few minor things I thought could have been better, but overall, I enjoyed this one.

Pages: 32

Reading age: 4-7 years of age.


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"Usain Bolt" by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara is a compelling addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. With charming illustrations and accessible language, young readers are introduced to the incredible journey of Usain Bolt, the fastest man on earth. This book not only celebrates Bolt's remarkable athletic achievements but also highlights his determination, hard work, and positive mindset. Through Bolt's story, children are inspired to chase their dreams and never give up, no matter the obstacles they may face. Sanchez Vegara's narrative and engaging artwork make Bolt's story accessible and captivating for children of all ages. "Usain Bolt" is a wonderful addition to any child's library, offering both entertainment and valuable life lessons.

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As with the rest of the Little People Big Dreams series, this book did not disappoint.

I read this book with my children, the story kept their attention and prompted them to ask questions.

The narrative was simple yet provided enough detail for children to gain a good insight into the life of Usain Bolt.

The artwork is beautifully done, colourful and in keeping with the rest of the series.

Another enjoyable book which will definitely be added to the collection once published

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Another installment in the fabulous Little People Big Dreams series sees the life of Usain Bolt told and illustrated for a young audience. Beautiful artwork alongside text perfectly pitched at the target age range as usual.

I particularly liked how the book focused on never giving up - after a medical diagnosis, Bolt continued to work hard and achieved his dreams.

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This is such a successful series of mini biographies, Little People, Big Dreams with inspiring stories of lives that can lift our young children’s imaginations.

You might think they’d be a shortage of new subjects to take the books forward. You might think that celebrity has become the focus as sports stars and pop idols fill the pages.

I wondered if this was happening when I picked up Usain Bolt a charismatic sprinter and Olympic gold medalist across three games.

When I read his story I saw how quickly adults might judge where children absorb simple aspects and find encouragement.

Usain loved sport and found joy and reward in running. The prompting of a coach and the support his school set him on his way. However the young athlete had some hard lessons to learn to find ultimate success and personal medical issues.

Simple text and vivid, colourful illustrations complete the piece and are the hallmark of these unique books.

I have learned about Usain Bolt and my grandson has further been influenced reading this story along with me.

The measure of a human being perhaps is how someone deals with their fame and success. The foundations and resources he has established in his home island of Jamaica are a credit to him and a true measure of the man.

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