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Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uplifting sports bio for tweens and up.

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This uplifting biography of the one of the 20th century's greatest female athletes will inspire many kids who love sports and any form of competition. The book sparkles as it lets Babe's exuberant personality shine through. Plenty of pictures and quotations help the text come alive for young readers. A must-read, especially for athletic teens.

Girls who still struggle for acceptance as athletes will be amazed by this true story of a woman so athletically gifted and so determined to win that she blazed a way through prejudices far worse than girls experience today. Russell Freedman keeps the book moving with frequent smart-aleck quotations from Babe and those who knew her. He inserts sports statistics into the narrative, and includes many black-and-white photographs, along with an extensive index, background sources, and an afterword. It all adds up to a book nearly as lively as Babe herself.

Book Details

  • Author: Russell Freedman
  • Genre: Biography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication date: January 1, 1999
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 9 - 12
  • Number of pages: 192
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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