Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) [NOOK Book]

Overview

Babe Ruth was the greatest slugger ever--and off the field snacked on pickled eels and chocolate ice cream. Johnny Weissmuller swam to Olympic fame--and on land practiced the Tarzan yell. “Krull hits another home run.”--American Bookseller

Presents twenty true stories of athletes--mostly admirable, occasionally quirky--whose physical accomplishments create a world of thrills and spills.

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Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought)

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Overview

Babe Ruth was the greatest slugger ever--and off the field snacked on pickled eels and chocolate ice cream. Johnny Weissmuller swam to Olympic fame--and on land practiced the Tarzan yell. “Krull hits another home run.”--American Bookseller

Presents twenty true stories of athletes--mostly admirable, occasionally quirky--whose physical accomplishments create a world of thrills and spills.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
This is a collection of brief stories, replete with trivia, anecdotes and quotes, about a special group of people-the sort who practice what the author calls "the art of the human body." But it's about more than just their exceptional athletic prowess and accomplishments. It's about their tastes, their appetites, their interests, and their essential humanity. We learn, for example, that the legendary Hawaiian swimmer and surfer, Duke Kahanamoka, found it painful to embarrass an opponent so he always swam fast enough to beat whoever came in second, but only just. There's information on categories that are personal and professional, sartorial and gastronomic. Part of an interesting series, it is a book with child appeal.
Children's Literature - Beverly Kobrin
For students who can't get read enough about sports figures, Kathleen Krull comments on the lesser known likes, dislikes, and other idiosyncratic behaviors in the lives of 20 world famous athletes- Jim Thorpe, Flo Hyman, Sonja Henie, Pele, and the like, with full-page portraits by Kathryn Hewitt.
From the Publisher
"Far juicier and more revealing reading than more usual pious sports biographies."—Publishers Weekly

"Krull hits another home run. . . . Interesting, entertaining, and fact-filled."—American Bookseller

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547541662
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/1/1997
  • Series: Lives of... Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 297,786
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . . series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at kathleenkrull.com.

Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at kathrynhewitt.com.

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