Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion

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By Russell Freedman
Publisher Clarion Books
Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion
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When Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a child, her goal was to be the greatest athlete who ever lived. Few people come as close to their childhood goals as Babe did. She was an AllAmerican basketball player, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and a championship golfer who won eightytwo amateur and professional tournaments. She also mastered tennis, played exhibition baseball, and was an accomplished diver and bowler. The Associated Press elected her Woman Athlete of the Year six times and in 1950 named her Woman Athlete of the Half Century. Babe accomplished all of this at a time when most girls and women didnt take part in these sports. This insightful and wellresearched biography from Newbery medalist Russell Freedman brings to life the woman who changed the worlds perception of female athletes foreverBabe Didrikson Zaharias.

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31039 words31,039 words
192 pages192 pages
Lexile 1060LLexile 1060L
Grade 6 to 9Grade 6 to 9
Age 11-14Age 11-14
Published 1999Published 1999

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