Babe Didrikson was running and jumping hedges at the age of eight. Her dedication to training and practicing resulted in her becoming one of the greatest woman athletes of the century. Although she won two gold medals and one silver medal in track and field events at the 1932 Olympics, Babe excelled in every sport that she played.
About the Author
To live any differently seemed exciting and exotic to her, so she began to read biographies, just to get a peek at how other people lived day to day, in different times and places. When she was 10 or 11, she spent a whole year reading nothing but biographies.
So it wasn't a big surprise when Jane began to write them, too. So far she's written nearly two-dozen biographies as well as other nonfiction books and articles. She loves everything about writing: the research, the sweating over the perfect word or phrase or sentence, the joy in the finished product. But she especially loves the time she spends visiting readers at schools. She lives in rural Connecticut with her husband, Skip, their dog Willy, assorted cows and goatsand lots and lots of books.
Jeni Reeves is a painter and children's book illustrator with a background in communication and fine arts. Her illustrated picture books include authors' stories about world culture, history, biography, and folklore. Travel and study fuel Jeni's work, as does an abiding interest in history and language.