Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian. . .

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Many sportswriters and broadcasters in this country agree that Bobbie Rosenfeld may be Canada's all-around greatest athlete of the twentieth century. Her love for all sports showed itself early. As a young girl she excelled in track and field, ice hockey, tennis, basketball and softball. At the 1928 Summer Olympics, held in Amsterdam, she won both gold and silver medals. But Bobbie's popularity was due to more than her athletic brilliance or, later, her skills as a sportwriter with the Globe & Mail. She was ...
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Overview

Many sportswriters and broadcasters in this country agree that Bobbie Rosenfeld may be Canada's all-around greatest athlete of the twentieth century. Her love for all sports showed itself early. As a young girl she excelled in track and field, ice hockey, tennis, basketball and softball. At the 1928 Summer Olympics, held in Amsterdam, she won both gold and silver medals. But Bobbie's popularity was due to more than her athletic brilliance or, later, her skills as a sportwriter with the Globe & Mail. She was loved as much as anything for her strength of character-her decency, honesty and sense of fair play. Rich with historical photographs and context, Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything will appeal to sports fans of all ages.
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Canadian Bookseller
Rosenfeld, an exceptional individual who embodied humour, perseverance, and a sense of fairness and equality, achieved her accomplishments several decades ago. In chronicling Rosenfeld's life for today's children, Dublin employs a tone and language which makes her story timeless.
— Carol-Anne Hoyte
Canadian Bookseller - Carol-Anne Hoyte
"Rosenfeld, an exceptional individual who embodied humour, perseverance, and a sense of fairness and equality, achieved her accomplishments several decades ago. In chronicling Rosenfeldís life for todayís children, Dublin employs a tone and language which makes her story timeless. "
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Bobbie Rosenfeld and her family immigrated to Canada in 1905. Her parents were Russian Jews, and they both believed that with the fall of Czarist Russia, their homeland was becoming an extremely dangerous place to raise a family. They arrived in Halifax that same year and settled in the small town of Barrie. It was difficult for Bobbie's family because there were so few Jewish families in the small Canadian town; however, Bobbie became a popular commodity very quickly. She loved to play sports including hockey, softball, basketball, and track and field. Bobbie excelled at every sport she tried, but she was a naturally gifted runner. In 1928, the Olympic Committee decided to let women compete in track and field events, and Canada was going to send their best female athletes. Bobbie and her teammates returned to Canada with four Olympic medals. This book tells a wonderful story of an amazing athlete who is unfamiliar to most readers. Dublin discusses Bobbie's life including her career in sports and how she helped erase the stereotypes surrounding female athletes at the time. Dublin also provides pictures of Bobbie, her teammates, and her family throughout the book. The book sports a time line of Bobbie's life, acknowledgments, and photo credits. Students who are doing research on the Olympic games or former Olympic athletes, especially Canadians, might find this book extremely useful. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Second Story Press, 148p.; Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology., Trade pb. Ages 11 to18.
—Jonatha Masters
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896764825
  • Publisher: Second Story Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 148
  • Age range: 12 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Dublin is a teacher-librarian in Toronto, Ontario. Her writing has won many honors and awards, including the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Award, and the American Library Association's Amelia Bloomer Project Recommended Feminist Read for Youth designation.
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Table of Contents

Introduction IX
1 Beginnings 1
2 Growing Up in Barrie 6
3 High School Athlete 15
4 A Move to the Big City 20
5 Canada in the 1920s 26
6 The Complete Athlete 32
7 Working Girl 40
8 Women and the Olympics 44
9 Halifax Olympic Tryouts 49
10 Traveling to Amsterdam 53
11 Opening Ceremonies 60
12 Winner of the 100-Meter Race 64
13 The Good Sport 70
14 The Matchless Six 74
15 Triumphant Return 80
16 A Cruel Blow 86
17 Searching for a New Life 90
18 Canada in the 1930s 94
19 The End of an Era 101
20 Career Woman 106
21 "Sports Reel" 112
22 Canada in the 1940s and 1950s 117
23 Bobbie at Mid-Century 124
24 The Legacy of Bobbie Rosenfeld 130
Timeline 135
Further Reading 137
Acknowledgements 139
Bibliography 142
Photo Credits 144
Index 146
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