A biography describing the early life and golfing success of Michelle Wie.
Children's LiteratureMichelle Wie (WEE), at age 14 in 2004, became the youngest golfer ever to play on the PGA Tour. She was also the only female, competing against 143 men. This informationpresented on the first page of the bookis sure to draw kids into this colorful, accessible biography of an amateur golfer. The book does an excellent job of explaining golf terms ("links (LINGKSS): another name for a golf course") and words that primary grade readers might not be familiar with ("intimidated (in-TIM-uh-date-ud): frightened by others"). Each spread features a large color photograph of Michelle on the course or with her family. On one page there is also a graphic to illustrate (by way of comparison to football fields) how far she can hit the ballmore than 300 yards. Chapters that address the pressure of training and competing nationally will be especially interesting to readers (and teachers, parents) who have followed the recent disqualification incident involving Wie. Pages devoted to the importance of school and charity are well done, and will give aspiring young athletes a balanced view of the responsibilities that go along with being in the spotlight. There is a time line, glossary, bibliography and website list at the back. A reading consultant from Kent State and a content consultant from the U.S. Golf Association were used in the creation of this book. Other topics in the "High Five Reading" series include comic books, tsunamis, rocking climbing and football. 2006, Red Brick Learning, Ages 5 to 8.
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