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Althea Gibson: The Story of Tennis' Fleet-of-Foot Girl

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A spirited picture book biography about Althea Gibson, the first blackWimbledon, French, and U.S. Opentennis champion, from debut author Megan Reid and Coretta Scott King Honor–winning illustrator Laura Freeman.

Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. She couldn’t sit still! When she put hermind to it, the fleet-of-foot girlreigned
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published January 21st 2020 by Balzer + Bray
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Ms. Yingling
Dec 21, 2019 rated it liked it
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Born in 1927, Althea Gibson experienced the racial and gender disparities that were prevalent at the time, but were in the process of being changed. For example, the all Black Women's Tennis Association was formed in 1916. Growing up in Harlem, Althea had opportunities to play many sports casually, in streets that were blocked off during the summer for children to use. When her talent for tennis was noticed, she was fortunate enough to be near the
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This beautifully illustrated picture book biography tells Althea Gibson's story with spirit and heart, capturing her tomboyish personality, her persistence, and her triumph as a black trailblazer in tennis. Although I was familiar with this woman's name and knew that she was an athlete, I knew almost nothing about her, and I enjoyed learning about how she broke the color barrier in tennis, learned to become a gracious loser, and carved out a place for herself despite cultural resistance to her ...more
AMY
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades 3-5
Biography. This is a well-written and illustrated story of a famous tennis player. It includes a timeline, author's note and books to learn more about this tennis great. Kids will enjoy it. Highly recommended for Grades 3-
Amy
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fascinating look at Althea Gibson and not only her amazing professional career in tennis but at some of the personal life experiences that shaped her.
Pam  Page
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An interesting biography of Althea Gibson with an author's note, important dates, and further resources about Gibson. Nice digital illustrations.
Edward Sullivan
Inspiring introduction to the trailblazing athlete, the first black Wimbledon, French, and U.S. Open tennis champion.
Jenn Adams
This is a nice selection to switch up the people we talk about for Black History Month. Some of the wording was awkward in places and nothing was amazing.
Maureen Tully
An excellent introduction to Althea Gibson. The author's note at the end provided additional information, along with the timeline and short bibliography.
Raven Black
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great art complimenting highlights of Gibson's life. A female and black pioneer in not only the world of tennis, but golf too. She was a person who made history.
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