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Horn BookYoung Adult
Freedman's measured yet lively style captures the spirit of the great athlete, who seemed able to master any sport she chose. The book is at its best in the chapters about Babe's track-and-field triumphs; the later account of her golf career drags a bit. Aside from the odd silence regarding Babe's lesbianism mention of which is relegated to an after-word, and there coyly, what's missing is a strong enough context to give today's young readers most of whom will know Babe only as a name-if that a sense of how this athlete's place in history goes beyond the playing field. Alone, though, her records are staggering, and Freedman's enthusiastic admiration provides enough reason to read. Plenty of black-and-white photos capture Babe's spirit and dashing good looks; the documentation-notes, bibliography, index-is impeccable. r.s.