Babe Didrikson Zaharias by Russell Freedman
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 All-American basketball player, an Olympic gold medalist in track and field, and a championship golfer who won eighty-two 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 didn't take part in these sports. This insightful and well-researched biography from Newbery medalist Russell Freedman brings to life the woman who changed the world's perception of female athletes forever-Babe Didrikson Zaharias.
 

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Russell Freedman received the Newbery Medal for LINCOLN: A PHOTOBIOGRAPHY. He is also the recipient of three Newbery Honors, a National Humanities Medal, the Sibert Medal, the Orbis Pictus Award, and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and was selected to give the 2006 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. Mr. Freedman lives in New York City and travels widely to research his books.
 
Published August 23, 1999 by Clarion Books. 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Sports & Outdoors. Fiction

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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 a

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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.

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Written with verve that matches Babe's personality, this true story will encourage young readers, especially those interested in sports.

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Written with verve that matches Babe's personality, this true story will encourage young readers, especially those interested in sports.

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