Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
  • Hardcover
  • 32 pages
  • Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story
  • Paula Yoo
  • English
  • 04 September 2019
  • 158430247X

Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story[EPUB] ✰ Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story By Paula Yoo – Essayreview.co.uk The inspirational true story of Sammy Lee, a Korean American who overcame discrimination to realize both his father s desire that he become a doctor and his own dream of becoming an Olympic champion d The inspirational true story of Sammy Lee, in Sixteen eBook ☆ a Korean American who overcame discrimination to realize both his father s desire that he become a doctor and his own dream of becoming an Olympic champion diver.


About the Author: Paula Yoo

Paula Yoo is TV writer producer, feature in Sixteen eBook ☆ screenwriter and an award winning children s YA book author She is also a former journalist, having worked for The Seattle Times, The Detroit News, and PEOPLE Magazine She graduated with a BA cum laude in English from Yale University, an MS in journalism from Columbia University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, where she was the recipient of the Larry Levis Fellowship in Fiction Paula is the author of published children Sixteen Years Kindle - s books and YA novels Her latest Young Adult narrative non fiction book, FROM A WHISPER TO A RALLYING CRY The Killing of Vincent Chin and the Trial that Galvanized the Asian American Movement will be published April , by Norton Young Readers WW Norton Company She also has a three book chapter book series coming out soon from Lee Low Books Her books have won many awards, including IRA Notables, Junior Guild Library Selections, and starred reviews from Kirkus, and her debut YA Years in Sixteen eBook ´ novel Good Enough HarperCollins was one of the winners of the Asian Pacific American Awards for Youth LiteratureIn , Paula sold OLYMPIC BOULEVARD, a TV drama pilot about a Korean American family set against the backdrop of the K Pop music industry to PEACOCK, NBCU Comcast s new streamer service In , she was also hired to write her first feature adaptation screenplay Her TV credits include Freeform s Pretty Little Liars The Perfectionists, The CW s Supergirl, SyFy s Defiance and Eureka,s Mozart in the Jungle, and NBC s The West Wing She also co created the American version of a popular Israeli teen show called Greenhouse Academy for NetflixPaula is also a professional freelance violinist and member of the Local Musicians Union, having played with the Southeast Symphony, Vicente Chamber Orchestra, Torrance Symphony, Glendale Philharmonic and Vicente Chamber Orchestra, toured and recorded with bands including No Doubt, Fun, Love with Arthur Lee and Spiritualized, and appeared on national TV shows and commercial spots, including AE s The Two Coreys reality show and a United Airlines commercial Paula also created the popular annual writing event National Picture Book Writing Week AKA NAPIBOWRIWEE here You can also follow Paula on Twitter Instagram paulayoo and her website.


10 thoughts on “Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds: The Sammy Lee Story

  1. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story is an inspirational picture book biography of the first Asian American who succeeded in successfully reaching his personal goals of becoming an Olympic Gold Medal diving champion as well as a doctor This book was a recipient of the New Voices Award, which recognizes and encourages new writers of color for their contribution to childrens literature for an outstanding picture book The story begins in the sweltering hot summer of 1932 in Cali Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story is an inspirational picture book biography of the first Asian American who succeeded in successfully reaching his personal goals of becoming an Olympic Gold Medal diving champion as well as a doctor This book was a recipient of the New Voices Award, which recognizes and encourages new writers of color for their contribution to childrens literature for an outstanding picture book The story begins in the sweltering hot summer of 1932 in California Twelve year old Sammy Lee longingly looks with envy through a chain linked fence at the white children swimming in the public pool Sammy watches a boy dive off the diving board and knows that is what he wants to learn to do He knows he will have to wait until Wednesday to swim in the pool, because that is the only day that people of color are allowed inside the pool Sammy goes to the pool on the following Wednesday, and with the encouragement of his friend, Hart Crum, learns to dive off the diving board Throughout the summer, Sammy discovers he has a natural talent for diving, but his Korean born father wants Sammy to concentrate on becoming a doctor One day, Sammy sees the streets of his community decorated with flags from different countries Sammy learns that the city of Los Angeles is hosting the Olympics and that the gold medal winners were considered to be the best athletes in the world Sammy knew at that moment, that he wanted to be an Olympic champion Sammy with the help of Coach Ryan develops his diving skills and with extraordinary hard work and determination earns a reputation for graceful effortless dives Sammy also earns all A s in his academic classes and is voted Most Likely to Succeed He is offered a full scholarship to College, but still is faced with discrimination and social injustice Sammy remembers what his father always told him, In America, you can achieve anything if you set your heart to it and eventually becomes a doctor and at the age of twenty eight qualifies for the U.S Olympic diving team Sammy wins an Olympic Gold medal and is filled with pride for himself and his country He recalls all the positive support he had for the past sixteen years from his father, his coach, and his friend and knows that anything is possible with hard work and determination The sepia colored acrylic and wax textured illustrations complement the text and leave the reader with an authentic impression of life during this time period The protagonist is inspirational and believable and the author s writing is engaging and motivational I would recommend this biography for grades 2 through grade 4 Teachers can use this as read aloud for younger readers or a read alone forfluent older readers

  2. says:

    Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story will fill readers with a range of thoughts and emotions as the book ties together several heartfelt issues including blatant racial discrimination, honoring and understanding your parents, and fiercely chasing your dreams Sammy proves to readers that even farfetched goals can be attained through hard work and determination, but achievement does not come effortlessly as he battles very real internal and external conflicts throughout his life Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story will fill readers with a range of thoughts and emotions as the book ties together several heartfelt issues including blatant racial discrimination, honoring and understanding your parents, and fiercely chasing your dreams Sammy proves to readers that even farfetched goals can be attained through hard work and determination, but achievement does not come effortlessly as he battles very real internal and external conflicts throughout his life The book s repeated message of, In American you can achieve anything if you set your heart to it is exemplified through Sammy s story and inspires readers who are also dreamers.One of the central messages in this story is the importance of understanding those with different backgrounds and perspectives Upper elementary students who read this story will witness how Sammy and his father tried to understand one another Sammy s desire to dive competitively and his father s insistence on working hard to make a better life as a doctor This relationship can remind students that each person has a distinct outlook, but we can still love, accept, and understand others if we take the time and effort to do so, just as Sammy did to understand his father s perspective Further, students can be reminded of how fortunate they are to be in America where they too can fight for their dreams One activity upper elementary students can partake in is reflecting on their own life and writing a response to this book about what they would like to achieve, how they can do so, and how they would explain their dream to someone with a different perspective Because of the multiple meaningful themes wrapped into one story, I finished this book thinking, WOW to myself On the final page of the book, the themes I am referring to are summed up nicely, I did it, he thought, beaming with pride He had won the gold medal, not only for himself, but for his father, Coach Ryan, and Hart Crum He had also won the gold of this country Someday, he hoped, all swimming pools would be open everyday of the week for all Americans Not only did Sammy accomplish his dream of becoming an Olympian, but he also felt content with making his father proud and reflected on racial equity for all in his country

  3. says:

    Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, is the story of Korean American Sammy Lee When Sammy was twelve years old he watched divers at his local swimming pool and immediately wanted to become a diver himself Because he was a person of color he was only allowed to use the pool one day per week, but he worked tirelessly and became accomplished at his sport Sammy s father wanted him to become a doctor He became torn between his quest to become a champion diver and his father s wish for him to go to Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds, is the story of Korean American Sammy Lee When Sammy was twelve years old he watched divers at his local swimming pool and immediately wanted to become a diver himself Because he was a person of color he was only allowed to use the pool one day per week, but he worked tirelessly and became accomplished at his sport Sammy s father wanted him to become a doctor He became torn between his quest to become a champion diver and his father s wish for him to go to medical school Through his fathers guidance and belief that you can do anything that you set your heart to, Sammy was able to reach both of his goals During his years in school Sammy received all As, was elected student body president, and attended daily diving practice He was not, however, allowed to attend his prom because of his race Even though the racism was troubling for Sammy it did not stop him from pursuing both dreams He went to college on a scholarship, and became the first Asian American to win a gold medal at the olympics I think this book would be great for kids to read Sammy s story examines the racism against all people of color in America during the 1930 s and 1940 s, and how determination and hard work enabled him to reach his dreams At the end of the story the Author s note gives an update about Dr Sammy Lee and how he lives in California Even though the story takes place long ago he is a living example of a person that followed his heart, persevered, and reached his highest aspirations

  4. says:

    Reviewing a classic title This debut picture book biography by Paula Yoo was awarded the 2005 New Voices Award by Lee and Low Books.Sammy Lee experienced racism as a young Korean American boy growing up in California After deciding he wanted to dive as a member the U.S Olympic team, he did what he needed to do while training to excel in the sport, putting it on hold because of the cancellation of the Olympics because of World War II In the meantime, he managed to become a doctor in honor Reviewing a classic title This debut picture book biography by Paula Yoo was awarded the 2005 New Voices Award by Lee and Low Books.Sammy Lee experienced racism as a young Korean American boy growing up in California After deciding he wanted to dive as a member the U.S Olympic team, he did what he needed to do while training to excel in the sport, putting it on hold because of the cancellation of the Olympics because of World War II In the meantime, he managed to become a doctor in honor of his father s wishes.Yoo s telling of Lee s life is simple and direct, with a feeling of tenderness and empathy sprinkled in for good measure Yoo does a great job of inserting how Sammy felt when he was treated poorly and how he proudly rose up over the racism She includes an author s note in the back, addingdetail that sets Lee s achievement in its place in history.Dom Lee s acrylic colored paper melted beeswax color pencil technique sounds like a complex process, but results in artwork that looks like a cross between Floyd Cooper and Raul Colon It is very dreamy like a memory and filled with browns, golds and greens.This would be a terrific suggestion for young people looking for a short sports book, a book about self determination, or a book about how hard work helps one achieve their dreams.Highly recommended for grades 3 6

  5. says:

    Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds is a fantastic Biography about Olympic diver Sammy Lee This text is at an independent reading level for 5th grade students however would make a quality read aloud selection for both 4th and 5th graders as well The text described the inspirational life of Sammy and the many different hardships he worked to overcome in his life Reading this text would introduce students to the topics of immigration, segregation, and the Olympics A literary lesson with the use o Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds is a fantastic Biography about Olympic diver Sammy Lee This text is at an independent reading level for 5th grade students however would make a quality read aloud selection for both 4th and 5th graders as well The text described the inspirational life of Sammy and the many different hardships he worked to overcome in his life Reading this text would introduce students to the topics of immigration, segregation, and the Olympics A literary lesson with the use of this text could accompany a study of any of these topics as well as the themes of perseverance, family, and privilege As this is a biography text it can also be used to help study Sammy himself or other historical figures and a comparison of character traits of people we perceive as significant This was a WOW text for me because I found myself in owe of all that Sammy went through in his life Not only did be become an Olympian, which is no simple accomplishment, he overcame the struggles of segregation and family obligations to reach his diving dream and become a doctor Sammy is a inspiration as an athlete, student, and person

  6. says:

    Well written biography of Sammy Lee, who from the age of 12 had the dream of diving in the Olympics and winning gold Through many challenges he had to overcome, he achieved his goal in 1948 at the age of 28 He also became a doctor and would also go on to compete and win gold in the next Olympic Games An inspiring story, told beautifully

  7. says:

    Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds tells the story of Olympic gold medal winning diver, Sammy Lee Lee is originally from Korea he and his parents left the country and moved to the United States in search of a better life While at the public pool in the summer, Lee discovers his passion for swimming Lee has to overcome adversity and racial discrimination in order to achieve his goal of making it the Olympic games While this story does a great job of telling about Lee s story, I wish it would h Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds tells the story of Olympic gold medal winning diver, Sammy Lee Lee is originally from Korea he and his parents left the country and moved to the United States in search of a better life While at the public pool in the summer, Lee discovers his passion for swimming Lee has to overcome adversity and racial discrimination in order to achieve his goal of making it the Olympic games While this story does a great job of telling about Lee s story, I wish it would have focusedon the discrimination he faces throughout his journey The author, Paula Yoo, skims the surface of the discrimination Lee faces It it clear that racial discrimination played a huge role in Lee s journey, so why rush over it This book would be a great addition to a unit about Civil Rights because it shows that racial discrimination not only affected African Americans, it affected other minority groups, too This a key thing for students to realize

  8. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo tells the story of Olympic medalist Sammy Lee and the discrimination he faced as a Korean American and the hard work he put into becoming an Olympic medalist It is a lengthier picture book but it is necessary in telling his story and goes well with the beautiful illustrations This book would be perfect to use during Asian heritage month and to teach the discrimination and struggles people of color faced in 1930 40 s It also h Sixteen Years in Sixteen Seconds The Sammy Lee Story by Paula Yoo tells the story of Olympic medalist Sammy Lee and the discrimination he faced as a Korean American and the hard work he put into becoming an Olympic medalist It is a lengthier picture book but it is necessary in telling his story and goes well with the beautiful illustrations This book would be perfect to use during Asian heritage month and to teach the discrimination and struggles people of color faced in 1930 40 s It also has strong themes of overcoming obstacles and working hard I specifically liked how they included the struggle Sammy Lee faced with wanting to make his father happy and proud but also wanted to follow his dream in becoming a professional diver I think the need to make our parents proud and happy is a pretty universal feeling so many children reading it can possibly relate

  9. says:

    This book tells the inspiring and true story of Sammy Lee Sammy Lee is a young Asian American boy who wants nothingthan to become an Olympic gold medalist for diving While trying to balance his parents expectations and fulfilling his dream his life grows busier and busier This story has strong themes of perseverance and family I would recommend for a teacher of 3rd grade to 6th grade students This would be a great for a student who is struggling to balance family expectations and the This book tells the inspiring and true story of Sammy Lee Sammy Lee is a young Asian American boy who wants nothingthan to become an Olympic gold medalist for diving While trying to balance his parents expectations and fulfilling his dream his life grows busier and busier This story has strong themes of perseverance and family I would recommend for a teacher of 3rd grade to 6th grade students This would be a great for a student who is struggling to balance family expectations and their own goals This is a book that promotes diversity and would be recommended for a global audience The illustrations are detailed, emotional, and life like The illustrations pull the story together in witnessing Sammy Lee s story through our own eyes

  10. says:

    Talks about racism in public spaces and in sports, immigrants and first generation kids and the American dream, and compromise and pursuing multiple careers dreams.The text is pretty focused on diving as Sammy Lee s dream, but there aren t a lot of diving details not a lot of build up to the forward three and a half somersault and only talking about that one dive, for example The details that are there are really cool, though there s a page about practicing by diving in a sand pit and taki Talks about racism in public spaces and in sports, immigrants and first generation kids and the American dream, and compromise and pursuing multiple careers dreams.The text is pretty focused on diving as Sammy Lee s dream, but there aren t a lot of diving details not a lot of build up to the forward three and a half somersault and only talking about that one dive, for example The details that are there are really cool, though there s a page about practicing by diving in a sand pit and taking gymnastics classes

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