This collection features ten women from Canada and around the world, amazing athletes who have gone the distance in their own way. The book profiles our own largely forgotten Olympian, Bobbie Rosenfeld, considered by many experts to be Canada's most accomplished female athlete of the first half of the twentieth century. Other remarkable women athletes include Annie Smith Peck, a trailblazing American mountain climber; the powerful wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc; determined Chinese figure skater Chen Lu; ...
This collection features ten women from Canada and around the world, amazing athletes who have gone the distance in their own way. The book profiles our own largely forgotten Olympian, Bobbie Rosenfeld, considered by many experts to be Canada's most accomplished female athlete of the first half of the twentieth century. Other remarkable women athletes include Annie Smith Peck, a trailblazing American mountain climber; the powerful wheelchair athlete Chantal Petitclerc; determined Chinese figure skater Chen Lu; and many other pioneers and champions. An inspiring book with an introduction, photographs and boxed and illustrative material.
This is a multi-book review of two volumes in the "Women's Hall of Fame" series. Spotlighting ten women in each volume, these books profile interesting subjects from around the world, spanning the mid-nineteenth century through current day. Each chapter highlighting a single woman is from five to ten pages long, with enough anecdotal information to personalize the subject. Sidebars explain a word or event or provide helpful historical background. The women selected have achieved outstanding success in their fields, often despite sexism and racism. The series is designed to go beyond a mere description of achievements to focus on the obstacles overcome, the events that led to the successes in these women's lives, and their accomplishments in other areas. The books hope to inspire and encourage young women—even older ones—to work hard to achieve their goals. Although aimed at the upper elementary and middle school grades, because the books cover a subject of interest to all ages, older readers needing easier-to-read material can also use them. Most of the Canadian and U.S. athletes profiled in Amazing Women Athletes are or have been successful in a variety of sports, from wheelchair racing to mountain climbing or curling. A few errors, such as stating that Kentucky-born jockey Steve Cauthen is from England, mar this book. The women in Fabulous Female Physicians come from a greater number of countries, including India, Italy, Haiti, and the Philippines. A helpful map shows where these physicians were born and worked. The series would be useful not so much for homework facts—although there are many—but for learning how people become successful. Photos. Source Notes. VOYA CODES: 3Q 2P M(Readable without serious defects; For the YA with a special interest in the subject; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8). 2001, Second Story Press, 100p, Levine
From "The Women's Hall of Fame Series," this volume contains the stories of ten female athletes, chosen for their exemplary sports success and personal attributes. American Annie Peck challenged Victorian strictures by becoming a mountain climber and an active feminist. Bobbie Rosenfeld, a Canadian sports legend, held back in a 1928 Olympics race to coax her teammate to run her very best. In Canada, some women excelled in curling before ice hockey was an acceptable sport for women. Others in America competed in sports reserved for men, like Julie Krone who was the first woman jockey to win a Triple Crown race; or those sports for white "preppy" types, like the Williams sisters who grew up in a L.A. Black ghetto and are now tennis stars. Cathy Freeman won a gold medal in a 2000 Olympics race for Australia and her Aboriginal kinsmen, while Chen Lu was the first Chinese figure skater to win a bronze in 1994. Many have overcome physical problems, particularly Chantal Petitclerc, who has won gold and silver medals in wheelchair races in three Olympics so far. Bibliographic sources and photos complete this look into the determined lives of women, providing an inspiration to girls of all backgrounds. 2002 (orig. 2001), Second Story Press,
— Carol Raker Collins
School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-This collective biography profiles four Canadian athletes (Bobbie Rosenfeld, Sandra Schmirler, Chantal Petitclerc, and Hayley Wickenheiser), four Americans (Annie Smith Peck, Julie Krone, and Venus and Serena Williams), one Australian (Cathy Freeman), and an Olympic contender from China (Chen Lu). The sports that are highlighted include: mountain climbing, track and field, curling, wheelchair racing, ice hockey, ice skating, horse racing, and tennis. The four- to six-page sketches present brief information on each athlete's childhood, family, goals, and achievements within her sport. The profiles have from one to three small black-and-white photographs and some interesting sidebars. A limited but acceptable addition.-Diane Olivo-Posner, Long Beach Public Library, CA Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.