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

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Almost everybody can reel off stats about a favorite athlete, but few fans know the person behind the trophies and medals. Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) tells more than just the physical achievements of twenty groundbreaking athletes. What did they like to eat, to drink, to wear? What childhood games did they play? How did they handle fame and fortune? Avid sports fans and phobics alike will relish this collection of fears, habits, quirks, and what the neighbors found to ...

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Overview

Almost everybody can reel off stats about a favorite athlete, but few fans know the person behind the trophies and medals. Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) tells more than just the physical achievements of twenty groundbreaking athletes. What did they like to eat, to drink, to wear? What childhood games did they play? How did they handle fame and fortune? Avid sports fans and phobics alike will relish this collection of fears, habits, quirks, and what the neighbors found to gossip about.

  

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

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

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

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780547722085
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 8/7/2012
  • Series: Lives of... Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 774,636
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHLEEN KRULL is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young readers, which includes the successful Lives of... series. She is also a book reviewer and former children's book editor. Ms. Krull lives in San Diego, CA. www.kathleenkrull.com

KATHRYN HEWITT has illustrated many books for young readers, including all of the books in the acclaimed Lives of... series written by Kathleen Krull. She lives in Santa Monica, CA. www.kathrynhewitt.com

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