Rosenfeld, an exceptional individual who embodied humour, perseverance, and a sense of fairness and equality, achieved her accomplishments several decades ago. In chronicling Rosenfeld's life for today's children, Dublin employs a tone and language which makes her story timeless.
Bobbie Rosenfeld and her family immigrated to Canada in 1905. Her parents were Russian Jews, and they both believed that with the fall of Czarist Russia, their homeland was becoming an extremely dangerous place to raise a family. They arrived in Halifax that same year and settled in the small town of Barrie. It was difficult for Bobbie's family because there were so few Jewish families in the small Canadian town; however, Bobbie became a popular commodity very quickly. She loved to play sports including hockey, softball, basketball, and track and field. Bobbie excelled at every sport she tried, but she was a naturally gifted runner. In 1928, the Olympic Committee decided to let women compete in track and field events, and Canada was going to send their best female athletes. Bobbie and her teammates returned to Canada with four Olympic medals. This book tells a wonderful story of an amazing athlete who is unfamiliar to most readers. Dublin discusses Bobbie's life including her career in sports and how she helped erase the stereotypes surrounding female athletes at the time. Dublin also provides pictures of Bobbie, her teammates, and her family throughout the book. The book sports a time line of Bobbie's life, acknowledgments, and photo credits. Students who are doing research on the Olympic games or former Olympic athletes, especially Canadians, might find this book extremely useful. VOYA CODES: 3Q 3P M J S (Readable without serious defects; Will appeal with pushing; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12). 2004, Second Story Press, 148p.; Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology., Trade pb. Ages 11 to18.