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Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference

Press: Peachtree Publishers; Reprint edition (March 1, 2010)
ISBN:9781561455348
Author Name:Rappoport, Ken
Pages:146
Language:English

Content

"When somebody tells me I cannot do something, that's when I do it." --Gertrude Ederle, first woman to swim the English Channel VETERAN AUTHOR AND JOURNALIST Ken Rappoport showcases a dozen of the twentieth century's greatest female athletes--from tennis pro Althea Gibson, the first African-American woman to win at Wimbledon, to Susan Butcher, four-time winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. 
Each dramatic, action-packed profile shows how these pioneering women made a lasting impact not only on their sport but also on society by overcoming discrimination against their gender, and sometimes their race, and by challenging popular misconceptions about women and sports.
Young readers will find in each of these women the courage, perseverance, and dedication that made them great athletes during their own times and strong role models for today.
A bonus chapter at the end highlights The All-American Red Heads Basketball team.

From Booklist

Gr. 
5-8.
"In the 1800s, most sports were off limits to women," begins Rappoport in this fine collection of biographies spotlighting extraordinary female athletes.
A brief introduction and conclusion introduce a few facts about women in sports, including the nineteenth-century belief that "girls' bodies were much too fragile to withstand the rigors of athletics" as well as the impact of Title IX.
Central chapters each focus on a woman who broke ground in her sport.
Gymnast Nadia Comaneci, jockey Julie Krone, and dogsled-racer Susan Butcher are among the athletes profiled.
Rappoport writes with an accessible, pared-down language that will easily draw readers into the action, beginning each section with a suspenseful, you-are-there account of the athlete just before a great triumph.
Unfortunately, there are no source notes to back up the facts, and only a few small, grainy black-and-white images illustrate.
Even so, this is a fine introduction that students will want for report research or personal inspiration.
Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Review

"Rappoport writes with an accessible, pared-down language that will easily draw readers into the action, beginning each section with a suspenseful, you-are-there account of the athlete just before a great triumph... 
a fine introduction that students will want for report research or personal inspiration." --Booklist

About the Author

KEN RAPPOPORT is the author of dozens of sports books for young readers and adults, including Profiles in Sports Courage and Ladies First: Women Athletes Who Made a Difference. 
He has worked as an Associated Press writer for thirty years, covering every major professional and college sport.
He lives in New Jersey.

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