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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
ISBN: 9780544104914
Author: Freedman, Russell
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: January 2014
Retail: $10.99    OUR PRICE: $1.00
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Binding Type: Paperback
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Annotation: An intimate portrait of the legendary woman who changed the world's perception of female athletes forever details her rise to fame as an All-American basketball player, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and a champion golfer, tennis player, baseball player, diver, and bowler, and who received the great honor of being named Woman Athlete of the Half Century in 1950.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Athletes; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Women athletes; United States; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Athletes.
Dewey: 796.352/092
LCCN: bl2014001048
Lexile Measure: 1060
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 7-9, Age 12-14
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 9.75" H x 7.25" L x 0.50" W
Bargain Category: Sports, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Biographies, $1 Books!
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th
 
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Contributor Bio(s):

Russell Freedman has received nearly every children's literature award, including the Newbery Medal, several Newbery Honors, and the Sibert Medal, as well as a National Humanities Medal and the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award. He lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.

Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Spring)
Freedman's measured yet lively style captures the spirit of the great athlete. The book is at its best in the chapters about Babe's track-and-field triumphs; the later account of her golf career drags a bit. Freedman's enthusiastic admiration, however, provides enough reason to read. Plenty of black-and-white photos capture Babe's spirit and dashing good looks, and the documentation is impeccable. Bib., ind.Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 1999 #5)
Freedman's measured yet lively style captures the spirit of the great athlete, who seemed able to master any sport she chose. The book is at its best in the chapters about Babe's track-and-field triumphs; the later account of her golf career drags a bit. Aside from the odd silence regarding Babe's lesbianism (mention of which is relegated to an after-word, and there coyly), what's missing is a strong enough context to give today's young readers (most of whom will know Babe only as a name-if that) a sense of how this athlete's place in history goes beyond the playing field. Alone, though, her records are staggering, and Freedman's enthusiastic admiration provides enough reason to read. Plenty of black-and-white photos capture Babe's spirit and dashing good looks; the documentation-notes, bibliography, index-is impeccable. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1999 July #3)
In another exemplary biography, Newbery Medalist Freedman (Martha Graham) turns to Mildred "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias (1911-1956), arguably the preeminent woman athlete of the 20th century. He pays ample attention to Babe's extraordinary achievements e.g., her three world records in track and field at the 1932 Olympics; her record-setting golf career in the '40s and '50s but his book's greatest strength lies in his portrait of the person behind the athlete, a portrait that hums with the energy and vibrancy of Babe herself. A bold tomboy Texan from a poor family, Babe saw sports as a way to earn recognition, respect and a living, something almost unheard of for a woman at the time. Using quotations from friends, rivals and Zaharias herself, as well as a bounty of period photographs, Freedman brings her irrepressible personality leaping from the page. At a golf championship in Scotland, she egged on the polite and quiet crowd to cheer for her; playing a bit part in the movie Pat and Mike, she obliged the screenwriters to change the script so she wouldn't have to lose to the Katharine Hepburn character. Freedman tiptoes around the issue of Zaharias's sexuality, especially when describing her troubled marriage to a former wrestler and her close association with another female athlete. By paying attention, however, to the times in which she lived, Freedman demonstrates Zaharias's role as a challenger not only of sporting records, but of cultural assumptions about class and gender as well. This celebratory work gives readers a chance to cheer Zaharias's legendary life. Ages 10-up. (Aug.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 December)
Gr 5 Up-An insightful look at an athlete with exceptional natural ability and the personal drive to dodge convention and aspire to greatness. Animated writing and action photographs capture the energy and indomitable spirit of a true champion. (July) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1999 July)
Gr 5 Up-Freedman is on top of his game with this engaging profile of one of this century's most remarkable athletes and larger-than-life personalities. The Michael Jordan of her day, Didrikson not only excelled at every sport she tried, but she also became a darling of the media. This attractive, oversized photo-biography recounts her life story and sets it into the larger context of the evolving role of women's athletics, and the development of professional sports in the U.S. The account could have been overwhelmed with statistics-Didrikson was responsible for the rewriting of the record books (several times over) and was, more than once, the impetus behind the reworking of the rules. However, the narrative transcends her various fields of play and is essentially a powerful personal story. Freedman delves into the psyche of the fierce competitor, whose natural abilities belied her single-minded drive and obsessive training regimes, and enlivens the text with quotes by the charismatic sports star and many other primary sources. The book includes a wonderful array of black-and-white photos that reveal much about the public and private Didrikson-her agile grace, her intense concentration, and her love of the limelight-even in the face of tragedy. Befitting a champion, this superbly crafted, impeccably documented biography ranks head and shoulders above its peers.-Luann Toth, School Library Journal Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.