Children's Literature - Anne E. Carroll
This book, part of the "USA Today Lifeline Biographies" series, is an information-packed overview of the life and career of Tiger Woods, from his first swing of a golf clubat age 9 months!through his win at the 2007 PGA championship. (Unfortunately, it does not include his stunning win at the 2008 U.S. Open championship or report on the surgery he had immediately following that tournament.) It has the look of the newspaper, with lots of full-color photographs and charts, and it includes an informative glossary and sidebars that explain terms and "golf basics" for readers who aren't fans of the sport. It is packed with information about Woods, from an account of his relationships with his parents and his wife to the details of his rise through the ranks of amateur and then professional golf. What emerges is an inspiring narrative, one that records the devotion of his parents to his career (as well as their ability to nurture his love of the sport and to keep it fun for him), his own commitment and focus on excellence, and his fierce determination to overcome any obstacle (including the distractions of racism). It is heartening, too, to read near the end of the book about the work of the foundation and the learning centers Woods has set up to help disadvantaged kids. This book makes clear that Woods, through his prowess on the greens and his conduct off them, is a great role model for readers of any age. Reviewer: Anne E. Carroll
School Library Journal
This series boasts lively, credible writing and a compelling layout. Particularly interesting are the reprints of USA Today articles found throughout, which flesh out the narratives in a unique and appealing manner. Endnotes acknowledge the sources of quotes and other information. Full-color and black-and-white photos appear on almost every spread; while some are excellent, others are of lesser quality, though their content is consistently relevant. Tiger Woods includes information on the game itself and has diagrams of famous golf holes. No holds are barred in Oprah's biography; that she was a victim of sexual abuse and gave birth at age 14 are mentioned in a matter-of-fact manner. These uplifting books focus on the passion that these individuals feel for their life's work. The subjects, format, and engaging writing style make this a series that kids will read for fun.