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Oksana: My Own Story Hardcover – January 14, 1997

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Grade 3-6. The 1994 Olympic gold medal winner from the Ukraine talks about her short life while she tells about the demanding life of a figure skater. Her autobiography is written in chronological order with engaging descriptions of her feelings, fears, and joys. As Oksana grows from an innocent child to a sophisticated world performer, readers feel her tragedies and the excitement of her accomplishments. The influence of Viktor Petrenko, her mother, and her coach are described in her first-person, conversational narrative. Excellent quality, full-color and black-and-white photographs of the skater appear on every double-page spread, thus personalizing this charming and heartwarming story. The thick paper with images of snowflakes adds to the skating motif. A lively look at a ballerina on ice.?Janice C. Hayes, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreeboro
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Gr. 4^-6. Preteens who love figure skating will enjoy Oksana's story of how she came to win the Olympic gold medal in 1994. She provides very little information on her life now, concentrating instead on her early years, the death of her mother, and her training for the Olympics. Large full-color and black-and-white photographs document a childhood spent on skates, with more recent photos presenting a very Americanized, more glamorous Oksana. Readers who remember the 1994 Olympics and the TV profiles of Oksana won't find much that is new here, but this profile is pleasantly written, and Oksana's account of her medal-winning performance makes interesting reading. Chris Sherman
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers; First Edition, First Printing edition (January 14, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679883827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679883821
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,006,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By fruitloop VINE VOICE on September 3, 2004
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Oksana tells her story with moving earnestness, from her tragic personal losses to her triumph in Lillehammer. Everyone who watched her win the gold medal couldnt' help but be touched by her performance, which was yet another triumph over adversity (she had been injured in a practice in a collision with another skater). Her from-the-heart performance gave her the much-deserved Olympic medal. Here's a glimpse into the girl behind the glitter. Figure skating fans won't want to miss this one, and it's a tale of personal triumph and determination that other young athletes would do well to emulate
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This offers a glimpse into the world of a humble young Russian girl goes after the "brass ring" and wins Gold, before she fell from grace.
Oksana is a poised beautiful person who skates with her heart and was an inspiration for my 4 year old daughter to get on the ice and try.
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Surely a Collectible one. Oksana has been and is most of all a truly great and romantic person. Her skating on ice skill has actually no comparison. She was, is and probably will stay for long the best artistic performer in this sport that's becoming just competition and no more a form of art.
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Enjoyed book a lot as have always admired her . There could have been more photos however still a great book.
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