Strong as Sandow
Little Friedrich Muller was a puny weakling who longed to be athletic and strong like the ancient Roman gladiators. He exercised and exercised. But he to no avail.As a young man, he found himself under the tutelage of a professional body builder. Friedrich worked and worked. He changed his name to Eugen Sandow and he got bigger and stronger. Everyone wanted to become "as strong as Sandow."Inspired by his own experiences body-building, Don Tate tells the story of how Eugen Sandow changed the way people think about strength and exercise and made it a part of everyday life.Backmatter includes more information about Sandow, suggestions for exercise, an author's note, and a bibliography.

Strong as Sandow Details

TitleStrong as Sandow
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 22nd, 2017
PublisherCharlesbridge Publishing
ISBN-139781580896283
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Sports and Games, Sports

Strong as Sandow Review

  • Pam Page
    January 1, 1970
    Great book for children to think about the role exercise plays in their life! I like the author's note at the end where Don Tate acknowledges that many of the materials about Sandow contradict each other. He shares that his goal for the book was to "tell the story as I think Sandow would have wanted it told".
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  • Heidi
    January 1, 1970
    One of the challenges of writing a picture biography is knowing how much to include and how much to leave out, simply because there isn't room for everything. And as Don Tate discusses in his author's note at the end of the book, it becomes even more difficult when only a little it is known about the person and what is known is contradictory or exaggerated. That's the challenge that Tate faced writing about Eugen Sandow (formerly Friedrich Muller). To counteract the lack of knowledge, especially One of the challenges of writing a picture biography is knowing how much to include and how much to leave out, simply because there isn't room for everything. And as Don Tate discusses in his author's note at the end of the book, it becomes even more difficult when only a little it is known about the person and what is known is contradictory or exaggerated. That's the challenge that Tate faced writing about Eugen Sandow (formerly Friedrich Muller). To counteract the lack of knowledge, especially about Sandow's early years, Tate focuses on the most admirable part of the man's life: the importance of physical exercise and good health. That doesn't mean he overlooks the problems or some of the uncomfortable aspects of Sandow's life (such as posing for art classes to help pay the bills and possible trickery during some of his shows). I did appreciate the effort the author/illustrator made to not depict Sandow's full nude form, (even though it's clear that he did pose nude on more than one occasion). I did enjoy reading about some of the competitions that Sandow competed in and his efforts to encourage people to get physically fit. I also really liked the backmatter that Tate included about his own bodybuilding experiences and the controversy's that dogged Sandow's life. This is a well-done picture book biography that would be great for teaching about the challenges of writing biographies as well as what leads certain author's to certain topics.
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  • Margie
    January 1, 1970
    When you're short (five feet, one inch as an adult) you grow up hearing your dad say, "She's little but she's wiry." Hearing the pride in his voice made me try harder at everything I did. It wasn't until my late twenties (high school sports for girls consisted of the Girls Athletic Association and Title IX was not a reality until I had nearly finished college) when I started to pursue competitive running. In high school I was a huge fan of the sport, attending the boys' track meets. As a teacher When you're short (five feet, one inch as an adult) you grow up hearing your dad say, "She's little but she's wiry." Hearing the pride in his voice made me try harder at everything I did. It wasn't until my late twenties (high school sports for girls consisted of the Girls Athletic Association and Title IX was not a reality until I had nearly finished college) when I started to pursue competitive running. In high school I was a huge fan of the sport, attending the boys' track meets. As a teacher librarian I've not only attended my schools' track meets, but volunteered to act as the official announcer and score keeper.To be a runner height is not as critical as it is in other sports. Running is something you can build upon every single day even if you start out walking, then fast walking, jogging and then running. When you finally place in a race or beat your personal best time, the thrill is immeasurable. Author illustrator Don Tate's newest title, Strong As Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth (Charlesbridge, August 22, 2017) chronicles the life of a remarkable man, who filled with determination, worked and trained and shared his passion and knowledge with others. He, like so many of us, started out small.My full recommendation: http://librariansquest.blogspot.com/2...
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  • Cindy Mitchell
    January 1, 1970
    Tate, Don Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth. PICTURE BOOK. Charlesbridge, 2017. $18.Eugen Sandow was born Frederich Muller, a sickly, weak boy who almost didn’t survive childhood. Survive he did, though, and he became obsessed with becoming stronger. Before he was twenty, he became not only strong, but also a great showman, moving swiftly to the heights of fame throughout Europe and even in the Unoted States. When he became older, he found other ways to fan the Tate, Don Strong as Sandow: How Eugen Sandow Became the Strongest Man on Earth. PICTURE BOOK. Charlesbridge, 2017. $18.Eugen Sandow was born Frederich Muller, a sickly, weak boy who almost didn’t survive childhood. Survive he did, though, and he became obsessed with becoming stronger. Before he was twenty, he became not only strong, but also a great showman, moving swiftly to the heights of fame throughout Europe and even in the Unoted States. When he became older, he found other ways to fan the flames of fame, including creating the first body building competition.To the modern person, the name Sandow means nothing. Even the author of this book admits that much of his history remains unclear. The story, however, is a fascinating read, especially as a look at a time before airplanes, television, and the Internet. The back matter includes a few simple exercises and a long bibliography, including links to Sandow’s own published works. Where this would fit into a child’s interests or into a teacher’s curriculum is a little more difficult.EL – OPTIONAL. Cindy, Library Teacherhttps://kissthebook.blogspot.com/2017...
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  • Jana
    January 1, 1970
    Every March the Arnold Fitness and Sports Festival is held here in Columbus. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to town and so do all of the body builders. This would be an awesome book to share with young readers here to learn how one of the earliest body builders got his start. Born in Europe during the late nineteenth century, Eugen Sandow had a different name and was a very weak and unhealthy kid. As he studied about the body and exercised, he became stronger. He pursued body building and became fa Every March the Arnold Fitness and Sports Festival is held here in Columbus. Arnold Schwarzenegger comes to town and so do all of the body builders. This would be an awesome book to share with young readers here to learn how one of the earliest body builders got his start. Born in Europe during the late nineteenth century, Eugen Sandow had a different name and was a very weak and unhealthy kid. As he studied about the body and exercised, he became stronger. He pursued body building and became famous. This book has engaging and easy-to-understand text, along with great illustrations. It also has a note at the end in which the author describes how he became interested in body building. The end notes also include exercises kids can do to become stronger. And there is a nice list of resources for further research. This is a terrific picture book biography to have in a classroom library.
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Clear, straightforward text, infused with engaging adjectives gives an overview of Sandow's life.Full color illustrations follow the text. I would like to know what the 6-star medallion represents that he is shown wearing in a couple of the endpage images.I found the backmatter equally interesting, especially the explanation of how many details of Sandow's life are not clearly known. Backmatter also includes extensive bibliography and exercises for youngsters.Reader's could compare contemporary Clear, straightforward text, infused with engaging adjectives gives an overview of Sandow's life.Full color illustrations follow the text. I would like to know what the 6-star medallion represents that he is shown wearing in a couple of the endpage images.I found the backmatter equally interesting, especially the explanation of how many details of Sandow's life are not clearly known. Backmatter also includes extensive bibliography and exercises for youngsters.Reader's could compare contemporary pop figures to learn how they have a public personna and a little known personal life.
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  • Theresa
    January 1, 1970
    I received an autographed copy at Book Expo America and I must say this was fabulous! This picture book biography of the father of modern day body-building is inspiring for those that want to become stronger in body as well as mind. I appreciated how health conscious the book was, which was depicted well because Sandow himself was a champion for healthy living. The story is well researched and the references are detailed. Make sure you read the Afterword and Author's Note for a little more persp I received an autographed copy at Book Expo America and I must say this was fabulous! This picture book biography of the father of modern day body-building is inspiring for those that want to become stronger in body as well as mind. I appreciated how health conscious the book was, which was depicted well because Sandow himself was a champion for healthy living. The story is well researched and the references are detailed. Make sure you read the Afterword and Author's Note for a little more perspective.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    I received a copy of this book at Book Expo 2017.This is a really well researched picture book biography on Eugen Sandow. The book covers from Sandow's childhood throughout his life. Not only was Sandow interested in physical health but also eating healthy. I knew nothing about Sandow before this book, I'm really glad I was introduced to this interesting historical figure. The art work is amazing.
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  • Katie Lawrence
    January 1, 1970
    This was such an interesting biography of a man I'd never heard of before. The focus on working to become strong and physical fitness is really great. Tate does a nice job discussing the fact that records are spotty on what Sandow did and didn't accomplish, that he chose to write this biography the way he believed Sandow would want his story told.
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Introductory biography for Eugen Sandow. Helpful to emphasize healthy habits as well as strength in physical training.
  • Brenda Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    Fun picture book biography of "the world's strongest man." The illustrations are sure to amuse, the message is sure to encourage.
  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    A biography of Eugene Sandow who made being a strong man a career. Intresting facts about his life and body building. Sure to inspire athletes and those kids who want to be stronger.
  • Aliza Werner
    January 1, 1970
    The biography of the world's strongest man, Eugen Sandow. Extra fascinating to read the back matter, including the personal story of author Don Tate's experiences as a bodybuilder himself!
  • Shannon Bishop
    January 1, 1970
    Fascinating story about a man I had never heard of before!
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