In 1932 a Texas tornado roared into the World Olympic stadium at Los Angeles. Babe Didrikson had already made a name for herself as an American All-Star basketball player. The media was still buzzing with her feat of winning 5 out of 8 events as a one-woman track and field team at the National Championships. At the 10th Olympiad, she went on to win 2 gold medals and a silver, setting records still admired today. Excelling in almost every sport she attempted, she is best known for co-founding the Ladies Professional Golfing Association, becoming in the process, a golfing sensation, - one year, winning 17 championships in a row. In 2000 she was honored, posthumously, with the world title "Greatest Female Athlete of the Century".
"Soft, realistic colored-pencil drawings on every page add information and emotion."
-School Library Journal
"Well chosen incidents in simple sentences…present the story of this amazing athlete…the soft-toned illustrations fulfill their purpose in supporting clues for the text…"
-SS - Tiger Wood and the Sport of Golf, Themed Reviews, childrenslit.com
Babe Didrikson Zaharias All-Around Athlete
By Jane Sutcliffe
Illustrated by Jeni Reeves
Carolrhoda Books © 2000
For Ages 6-8