Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594748028
Publisher: Quirk Publishing
Publication date: 11/17/2015
Series: Kid Legends Series , #2
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 50,757
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Author David Stabler and illustrator Doogie Horner have created several books together, including Kid Presidents (Quirk, 2014), Kid Athletes (Quirk, 2015), Kid Artists (Quirk, 2016), and Kid Authors (Quirk, 2017).

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Gabby Douglas: Grace under Pressure Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas took home a gold medal in 2012 as a member of the “Fierce Five” U.S. gymnastics team at the Olympic Games. But she wasn’t born fierce. Though she may have always known how to stand tall on the balance beam, Gabby had to learn how best to stand up for herself when those around her tried to knock her down

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Kid Athletes: True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
Many people look up to sports stars, especially kids. Unfortunately, they are not all worthy of the hero designation, but the athletes in this book all overcame situations in their lives (particularly their childhood) to become the famous athlete they are recognized as being. David Stabler introduced us to well-known athletes and described their upbringing and struggles to get to the top. Both male and female athletes were highlighted and a variety of sports. Some of the issues they dealt with included racism, sexism, being sent to reform school as a child, being involved in a serious accident that resulted in serious physical damage and even lack of funds to participate in sports. Helping to overcome the odds the athletes usually had one person in their corner that made all the difference in turning their lives around, redirecting their negative energies into positive things, and turning mentors into heroes. if it wasn't a single person, it was family that pushed many athletes to do their best and overcome clumsiness or other issues. The last section in the book dealt with athletes who persevered and practised over and over to develop their skills. I enjoyed the stories and learned about some of the athletes that I knew and some I did not. This book would be inspirational to kids who have situations to deal with in their lives that might be roadblocks to their success. The old adage of practice makes perfect is definitely demonstrated in this book. The illustrations are not photographs, but cute, cartoonish pictures that help to add some humour to the story. This would be a great addition to a school library.