Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson commemorates the achievements of a remarkable female role model, as well as a courageous and significant African American woman who broke down racial barriers and opened the doors of the white world of professional tennis to future African American tennis champions. Karen Deans, an accomplished tennis player herself, is a fresh new voice in children's books. She has written an informative and timely text about a woman who went from growing up poor in Harlem to becoming a world-famous tennis star in the 1950s.
After winning the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent for My Family Plays Music (Holiday House, 2002), Elbrite Brown comes back with a stunning dramatic style that breathes life into Deans' captivating and inspiring story. His vibrant, energetic illustrations move the reader across each page and on to the next, offering a courtside view of Althea Gibson's exciting accomplishments.
About the Author
Elbrite Brown is an illustrator, fine artist, and high school art teacher whose home is in Pennsylvania. His illustrations for My Family Plays Music by Judy Cox won him a Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent. While doing research on Althea Gibson, he went to tennis matches and studied photographs and videos of the great star in action. He came to feel that Althea Gibson was as graceful as a ballerina and tried to capture just the right sense of movement in this book.