She was an All-American basketball player, won multiple Olympic gold medals in track and field, and an LPGA golf champion — and those were just a few of the sports that Babe Didrikson Zaharias played! At a time when women's sports were viewed with skepticism, Zaharias smashed stereotypes and broke records, providing inspiration to generations of athletes, both women and men. It's no wonder that sportswriter Grantland Rice once said, "She is beyond all belief until you see her perform... Then you finally understand that you are looking at the most flawless section of muscle harmony, of complete mental and physical coordination, the world of sport has ever seen."
In this insightful, well-researched biography, Newbery medalist author Russell Freedman explores Zaharias' life, athletic career, and tremendous legacy in women's sports. Packed with intriguing details and archival photos, this book is a thrilling introduction to a groundbreaking athlete that everyone should know.
"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....Befitting a champion, this superbly crafted, impeccably documented biography ranks head and shoulders above its peers." — Luann Toth, School Library Journal
|10 - 14
|Jan 7, 2014
|HMH Books for Young Readers