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The Resource Althea Gibson : the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl, written by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Laura Freeman

Althea Gibson : the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl, written by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Laura Freeman

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Althea Gibson : the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl
Title
Althea Gibson
Title remainder
the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl
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written by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Laura Freeman
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Althea Gibson
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the story of tennis fleet-of-foot girl
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eng
Summary
Althea Gibson was the quickest, tallest, most fearless athlete in 1940s Harlem. She couldn't sit still! When she put her mind to it, the fleet-of-foot girl reigned supreme at every sport--stickball with the boys, basketball with the girls, paddle tennis with anyone who would hit with her. But being the quickest, tallest, most fearless player in Harlem wasn't enough for Althea. She knew she could be a tennis champion. Because of segregation, black people weren't allowed to compete against white people in sports. Althea didn't care. She just wanted to play tennis against the best athletes in the world. And with skill and determination, she did just that, eventually becoming the first black person--man or woman--to win a trophy at Wimbledon
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  • /* Starred Review */ PreS-Gr 3—Growing up in Harlem, Althea Gibson lived for the summers. Whether playing stickball, basketball, or paddle tennis, she dominated each game with her athleticism and quick reflexes. At 13, Gibson joined the all-black Cosmopolitan Tennis Club, where she went head to head with adults and became an unbeatable powerhouse. She needed new competitors, but this was the segregated 1940s—Gibson wasn't allowed to play tennis against white athletes in their separate clubs. She played in the all-black American Tennis Association for several years, but she wanted more. She hoped to take on the world and compete in international Grand Slams in Paris, Queens, and Wimbledon. In 1950, she was the first black American to break the color barrier in the U.S. championships. She won international matches and later, the singles title at Wimbledon in 1957 and 1958, making her the first black person (man or woman) ever to win that event. Reid's story flows with the grace and power of Gibson herself. The tennis champion is portrayed as a dedicated, competitive, and clever role model. The author's note, in particular, helps to fully flesh out Gibson's character. The expressive and exuberant digital artwork mirrors the tennis champ's liveliness and determination. VERDICT Gibson's story, richly illustrated and expertly told, is done great justice in this inspiring biography. A first purchase for most collections.—Abby Bussen, Muskego Public Library, WI --Abby Bussen (Reviewed 12/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 11, p99)
  • As a child in 1940s Harlem, Althea Gibson “reigned supreme” playing stickball, basketball, and paddle tennis: “If she put her mind to it, Althea was always the best. At everything except sitting still.” In this picture book biography of the tennis legend, Reid emphasizes Gibson’s athleticism and tenacity, tracing her journey from the tennis courts of Harlem’s Cosmopolitan Tennis Club, where she did odd jobs to pay for lessons, to winning titles on the elite grass of Wimbledon despite structural racism and prejudice (due to “laws and white people’s prejudices... black people could play tennis in their own league, but never with white people”). Reid also acknowledges that Gibson “was so eager to prove herself that she wasn’t always kind.” Freeman’s crisp, stylized illustrations distill dramatic moments into kinetic images. Includes an author’s note, a list of important dates in Gibson’s life, and a bibliography. A straightforward tribute to an inspiring athlete. Ages 4–8. (Jan.)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 11/18/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 46, p)
  • Reid and Freeman celebrate the life of tennis champion Althea Gibson. Debut author Reid takes readers from 1940s Harlem, where "fleet-of-foot" Althea Gibson is the "quickest, tallest and most fearless athlete," all the way to 1957, when she becomes the first black player to win the championship at Wimbledon. Readers get to see Gibson's development from a young athlete, cocksure, assertive, and focused only on winning, to a considerate sportswoman in a league of her own, paving the way for generations of young tennis players coming after her. Framing transitional moments in Gibson's life in medallions, Freeman's somewhat static illustrations encourage the narrative along, keeping pace with the text. The clever placement of Gibson's form playing tennis on top of maps or with the globe represents the reach of her influence across the U.S. and the world. Other double-page spreads emphasize the enormity of the difficulties, specifically racism, Gibson faced while pursuing her dreams. One levels a "WHITES ONLY" sign on one page ever so slightly below Gibson's determined gaze on the other. An author's note fills in more historical and personal context for Gibson's early and later life, and a timeline of important dates with a short bibliography of recommended texts rounds out the exploration of Gibson's remarkable rise to tennis stardom. A measured, well-researched winner. (Picture book/biography. 6-12) (Kirkus Reviews, December 1, 2019)
Biography type
individual biography
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10838613
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YDX
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Reid, Megan
Dewey number
796.342092
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
LC call number
GV994.G53
LC item number
R45 2020
Literary form
non fiction
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  • -1
  • 3
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Freeman, Laura
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True
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  • Gibson, Althea
  • Tennis
  • African American women
  • Gibson, Althea
  • Tennis
  • African American women
Target audience
juvenile
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the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl
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Althea Gibson : the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl, written by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Laura Freeman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Control code
on1099200411
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062851093
Lccn
2018968545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1099200411
Label
Althea Gibson : the story of tennis' fleet-of-foot girl, written by Megan Reid ; illustrated by Laura Freeman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1099200411
Dimensions
29 cm
Edition
First edition
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780062851093
Lccn
2018968545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1099200411

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