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Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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Babe Ruth was the greatest slugger ever--and off the field snacked on pickled eels and chocolate ice cream. Johnny Weissmuller swam to Olympic fame--and on land practiced the Tarzan yell. “Krull hits another home run.”--American Bookseller
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1990)
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Sep 10, 2015 Emma rated it liked it
I'm going to use excerpts from this book to introduce nonfiction narrative text structure to my 6th graders. I think they'll appreciate that the biographies are not just lists of sports facts, but also include information about each athlete's personality and quirks. Babe Ruth in particular had lots of surprising quirks! For a kid who is really interested in sports or biographies, I would recommend this as easily accessible and enjoyable to read. I do wish there were more women athletes featured, ...more
Wendy Arnhart
Lives of the athletes. (1997). New York: Harcourt Brace and Company.

Citation by: Wendy Arnhart

Type of Reference: Collective Biography

Call Number: j 920 K94L

Content/Scope: Biographies of twenty famous male and female athletes. Written for elementary and, perhaps, middle school students. Each biography is three to five pages long. In addition to the story of the athlete's career, the author's goal is to reveal the athlete as a "real person". The end of each story focuses on "Athleticisms", which e
Jan 10, 2013 Megan rated it liked it
Good, but when I read this, I was getting a little tired of the author's "Lives of" series. I probably could have given it more attention. I admire Krull and the way she has made historical biography more accessible and interesting for kids (and adults), so I'd recommend this. Just not in rapid succession with her other books.
I appreciated the wide variety of sports included but this isn't my favorite 'Lives' book.
May 21, 2013 Karen rated it really liked it
Krull does a great job of putting so many fun, interesting facts into this compilation of biographies on some of the most memorable sports figures, Babe Ruth, Jesse Owens, and Pele, just to name a few. This biography goes beyond the stories of these athletes on the court, field, track, or wherever they are playing. These biographies give fun details that people want to know even if they don't know they want to know it.

Each of the biographies is accompanied with a cartoon picture of the athlete
Jason clc
Jun 02, 2014 Jason clc rated it really liked it
I thought this book was very interesting. Although it was boring sometimes I enjoyed learning about the lives of athletes. I enjoyed experiencing how they lived their lives and got through problems.
Sep 17, 2015 April rated it really liked it
Great illustrations and quick/fun information on 'public interest' people. We only read Bruce Lee and Gertrude Ederle.
Andrew Schoenfelder
Oct 22, 2009 Andrew Schoenfelder rated it really liked it
This book was a collection of true stories about the lives of all-time great athletes, Jackie Robinson, Jim Thorpe, and Jesse Owens to name a few. The stories all start with a full page cartoon image of the athlete in their uniform with their respective athletic equipment. Children who are into sports or athletics could enjoy this book because of the rich history and famous legends of many sports. I would not use this book in the whole class setting but would rather just recommend it to students ...more
Apr 23, 2012 Daniel rated it really liked it
I thought Lives Of The Athletes by Kathleen Krull is a great book because it's not just one big biography of one person but one big biography of many different athletes and I really liked all the info it gave me because most of these athletes, I didn't even know about! These athletes have really interesting lives and I now want to read more about them- thanks to this book!
Chris Gager
Nov 19, 2013 Chris Gager rated it liked it
Another treasure form the town transfer station to be mined for trivia questions. Looks like a kids book...

Finished after excellent Trivia mining results. The choice of athletes was interesting. A good book for the youthful sports enthusiast.
Strengths: super interesting information
One memorable detail: the section on Babe Ruth, in particular his eating habits
Mr. George
Jun 25, 2012 Mr. George rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-juv-nonfic
loving this whole series, even for adults....
Oct 18, 2012 Morgan rated it really liked it
Great read aloud for kids!
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