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Yes, I Can!: The Story of the Jamaican Bobsled Team Paperback – July 2, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Waterhouse Publishing LLC; 2nd edition (July 2, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976408252
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976408253
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,249,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an excellent read for kids and adults. The story is inspirational with a powerful message about courage, drive and determination. It teaches both children and adults the importance of staying true to your heart, your goals and what winning really means. Winning is not measured in a 1st place prize rather in self-esteem, courage and teamwork. The book is colorful, energetic and easy to read. Definitely add this one to your collection. --Amazon.com

Yes, I Can by Devon Harris is inspiring not only for children, but also for adults. The book is an easy read. The layout of the book, with great illustrations, will help to keep the children interested. Devon Harris presents his story in poetry form which keeps the reader captivated. Devon talked about the desire of the Jamaican bobsled team to enter the Olympics and do well, and also about the difficulties the team encountered. However, with teamwork and a positive attitude they got to the finish line.The story is one of encouragement for people who are afraid to step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams. The story will help children to realize that with hard work and determination, they can achieve what they want .I highly recommend this book, go get a copy for the kids. --Amazon.com

You may remember the Jamaican bobsled team from seeing them in the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 or seen the movie based upon these events, Cool Runnings starring the late John Candy. The tale is really quite inspirational. Four individuals (Devon Harris, Michael White, Dudley Stokes, and Christian Stokes) had Olympics dreams. Since the four men had decided to compete as bobsledders, most people thought that they were a joke. Despite this, second hand equipment, endless fundraising, getting used to the cold, and endless training, the team members never gave up. Not only did the team compete at the Olympics but they won a special place in our hearts. In Yes, I Can!, Devon Harris shares this inspirational story with children who are much too young to remember the Calgary Olympics. This is one of those books that I suggest that a parent read along with the kids as some of the words are a bit challenging. Also, I think that parents who saw the team on the news will enjoy sharing their memories of these events with their child. --Amazon.com

Yes, I Can by Devon Harris is inspiring not only for children, but also for adults. The book is an easy read. The layout of the book, with great illustrations, will help to keep the children interested. Devon Harris presents his story in poetry form which keeps the reader captivated. Devon talked about the desire of the Jamaican bobsled team to enter the Olympics and do well, and also about the difficulties the team encountered. However, with teamwork and a positive attitude they got to the finish line.The story is one of encouragement for people who are afraid to step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams. The story will help children to realize that with hard work and determination, they can achieve what they want .I highly recommend this book, go get a copy for the kids. --Amazon.com

You may remember the Jamaican bobsled team from seeing them in the Calgary Winter Olympics in 1988 or seen the movie based upon these events, Cool Runnings starring the late John Candy. The tale is really quite inspirational. Four individuals (Devon Harris, Michael White, Dudley Stokes, and Christian Stokes) had Olympics dreams. Since the four men had decided to compete as bobsledders, most people thought that they were a joke. Despite this, second hand equipment, endless fundraising, getting used to the cold, and endless training, the team members never gave up. Not only did the team compete at the Olympics but they won a special place in our hearts. In Yes, I Can!, Devon Harris shares this inspirational story with children who are much too young to remember the Calgary Olympics. This is one of those books that I suggest that a parent read along with the kids as some of the words are a bit challenging. Also, I think that parents who saw the team on the news will enjoy sharing their memories of these events with their child. --Amazon.com

About the Author

From a tropical island in the Caribbean, to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, to the Winter Olympics, to a blockbuster Disney film...Devon Harris has certainly lived his dreams; and he wants to help you live yours. Tapping the same energy and determination that enabled him to compete, against all odds, with the best athletes in the world, Devon is now sparking audiences of all ages to dream big and take their game to the next level. Devon's sincere desire to teach others how to overcome life's obstacles has allowed him to follow his dreams as a highly regarded international motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, author of the motivational children s book, Yes, I Can! and the semi auto biographical book Keep On Pushing: Hot Lesson From Cool Runnings. Devon is also the founder of the Keep On Pushing Foundation which aims to bring hope and create opportunities for kids in disadvantaged areas around the globe.

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By Kevin moulton on January 31, 2014
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My young boys absoulutley love this book. The story of determination and the "can do" attitude resonates with them. So whenever there is an issue with school or having doubts in a sporting activity I refer to the book and ask them to say " yes I can" .
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