From School Library Journal
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