Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography
Ski Soldier: A World War II Biography
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Annotation: Biography in free verse of United States Army soldier, Pete Seibert, who fought with a division of ski troops in World War II.
Genre: Biographies
Catalog Number: #167792
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
No other formats available
Publisher: Penguin
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 175 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-629-79674-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-629-79674-1
Dewey: 921
LCCN: 2018934182
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
Pete Seibert was seven years old in 1931 when he found an old pair of his mother's skis and fell in love with skiing. "There was nothing else like it in the world," Borden writes in this agreeable biography of Seibert, who grew up to enlist in the U.S. Army when he was 18 and was assigned to the famous 10th Mountain Division. After training in Colorado and Texas, he shipped out to Italy to fight the Germans who still controlled large parts of the Apennine Mountains in the northern part of the country. There he was seriously wounded in battle, and with his legs badly injured, it appeared he might never walk again. But he rallied and not only walked but skied and subsequently realized the dream of a lifetime when he founded the now famous ski resort of Vail, Colorado. Borden's insightful biography, written in verse form, is highly readable and distinguished by the generous collection of period black-and-white photographs that illustrate it. It's a treat for both ski buffs and military history fans.
Horn Book
Borden's admiration for American Pete Seibert's skill as a skier and his heroism as a WWII soldier in the Italian Alps is clear, but her writing is uncharacteristically colorless. However, text laid out as free verse makes for extremely accessible reading, and archival photographs appear prominently throughout the spacious design. There's not a ton of information here, but back matter directs readers to more in-depth material. Timeline. Bib.
Kirkus Reviews
Born in Massachusetts, Peter Seibert loved to ski. It was only natural that he would enlist during World War II in the 10th Mountain Division to serve as a soldier who fought on skis.In spare, brief free-verse lines that will enable readers' eyes to slide effortlessly down the pages, Borden relates the story of a boy who grew up skiing, doing whatever he could to get out on the snow. Talented and skillful, Seibert was winning races in his teens. After enlisting, followed by many months of training in the Rocky Mountains, he was sent to war in Italy's Apennines, towering heights that were held by the Germans in seemingly unassailable positions. Hiking up in darkness and snow, Seibert's division positioned itself for a surprise dawn attack, described with ample suspense. Although that attack was successful, only days later Seibert would be badly injured in another battle, ending his war but beginning a long recuperation driven by his determination to ski again. Like many members of the Mountain Division, Seibert was a pioneer in the American ski industry and would go on to found the ski resort of Vail. An accurate, high-interest narrative focused on a mature topic but written at an accessible reading level is a rare gem. Many period photographs are included (revealing Seibert and his fellows to be white), as is excellent backmatter.A fascinating and inspiring tale. (Verse nonfiction. 10-16)
School Library Journal
Gr 48 As a seven year old, Peter Seibert became obsessed with skiing when he discovered on old pair of skis in his family barn. Little did he know that his passion for the slopes would take him halfway around the world from the battlefields of World War II to a world-renowned ski resort in Vail, CO. At 18, Pete enlisted in the 10th Mountain Division. After rigorous and often brutal training, he led his platoon in a successful stealth attack on the overlook held by German soldiers in northern Italy. However, Seibert was severely wounded by mortar fire during the attack against Mount Belvedere, a strategic German stronghold, and spent years recovering from his wounds. He struggled to walk so that he could once again ski. His story is told in brief lyrical passages composed of short groups of lines and accompanied by numerous photos, quotes, and maps. VERDICT A true story of valor, stamina, and dedication. Seibert's exciting biography will appeal to fans of sports and adventure stories. MaryAnn Karre, Binghamton, NY
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ALA Booklist (6/1/18)
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Horn Book (4/1/19)
Kirkus Reviews
School Library Journal (6/1/18)
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 11,858
Reading Level: 6.5
Interest Level: 4-7
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 6.5 / points: 2.0 / quiz: 198258 / grade: Middle Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:8.5 / points:6.0 / quiz:Q75658
Lexile: 1060L
Guided Reading Level: X
Fountas & Pinnell: X

Ski Soldier is a true-life adventure that tells the story of Pete Seibert, a ski soldier severely wounded in World War II, who went on to found the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado.

Ever since he first strapped on his mother's wooden skis when he was seven, Pete Seibert always loved to ski. At 18, Pete enlisted in the U.S. Army and joined the 10th Mountain Division, soldiers who fought on skis in World War II. In the mountains of Italy, Pete encountered the mental and physical horrors of war. When he was severely wounded and sent home to recover, Pete worried that he might never ski again. But with perseverance and the help of other 10th Mountain ski soldiers, he took to the slopes again and fulfilled his boyhood dream--founding the famous ski resort in Vail, Colorado.

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