Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias

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  • Title: Babe Conquers the World: The Legendary Life of Babe Didrikson Zaharias
  • Author: Rich Wallace Sandra Neil Wallace
  • ISBN: 9781590789810
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Babe Didrikson Zaharias had one driving goal to become the greatest athlete who ever lived And she made good on that promise with a meteoric rise to famed basketball player, Olympic medalist, and top female golfer But there was to Babe than just sports Noted novelists and sportswriters Rich and Sandra Wallace expose the many controversies surrounding this famous fBabe Didrikson Zaharias had one driving goal to become the greatest athlete who ever lived And she made good on that promise with a meteoric rise to famed basketball player, Olympic medalist, and top female golfer But there was to Babe than just sports Noted novelists and sportswriters Rich and Sandra Wallace expose the many controversies surrounding this famous female athlete her upbringing, personality, marriage, and even her early death This action packed story of a womanESPN ranks as 10 of the top North American athletes of the twentieth century also includes personal and professional photographs, quotes, a bibliography, and an index.

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    1. In the 1920s and '30s, there weren't a lot of girls playing sports. Athletic competition was considered too strenuous for girls and women, and most people thought it should be available only to boys and men. Mildred "Babe" Didrikson was born into this world determined to succeed despite all that. Babe grew up in a big Norwegian family in Port Arthur, Texas, and from a young age she wanted nothing more than to win the most challenging athletic competitions in the world. She dropped out of high sc [...]

    2. When it comes to phenomenal athletes who defied the odds, Babe Didrickson is without compare. Driven to excel at anything she tried, and compelled by ambition as well as poverty to try everything, she was the best of the best in running, golf, basketball and even bowling! She was also outspoken and brash, which at the time she lived were considered unattractive and unfeminine qualities, which led to reporters to question her feminity and even her sexuality. The Wallaces set this book up brillian [...]

    3. Arguably one of the best athletes of all time--and certainly, a talented female athlete who seemed able to master just about every sport--Babe Didrikson set out to conquer the sports world during a time when females were not encouraged to play sports or do much in the way of physical activity. Babe (originally named Mildred and affectionately dubbed "Babe" by her mother) grew up poor and working class in Texas. Female sports superstars today owe her a debt of gratitude because she was ground-bre [...]

    4. One of the greatest female athletes of the 20th century is profiled in a biography written by Rich Wallace (author of Wrestling Sturbridge) and his wife, author and sportscaster for ESPN. From her working class upbringing on the Texas Gulf Coast to her successes as a track and field star and a groundbreaking golf pro. While the authors clearly admire her athletic abilities and her resilience in the face of so many roadblocks, they do not shy away from her setbacks, her battle with cancer, and t [...]

    5. Great book about the world’s greatest female athlete. The colorful cover, with a photo of Babe “hurdling” over the title, will draw a teen’s eye. The background is bright orange with yellow stripes and blue and white typeface. Inside the book, the reader will discover a large typeface and lots of black and white photographs. The chapter titles are clever - similar to a boxing match (10 rounds/10 chapters) and each one is her versus someone/something else.And the story itself is compellin [...]

    6. Babe is a good read. Right away I could not believe that I was never exposed to her and her story. Having two daughters of my own I think she is one that my daughters need to read about when they get older.The book reads very easy. I really enjoyed the visuals and pictures along the way. In addition, there are little snippets of historical events and other little gems to help bring the story into context. It is hard to believe how limited women had it not even a hundred years ago. It is amazing [...]

    7. I've known about Zahaias all my life, thanks to a mother who shared the story of this phenomenal athlete, and I've read adult books about her. So I am pleased that young readers will also have the chance to learn about a woman who rose to the top of every sport she tried long before most sports had professional teams for women. Basketball, golf, track and field, diving, roller-skating, pool and bowling. She is considered one of the best American athletes, males or female, of the twentieth centur [...]

    8. Only at the very end do the authors bemoan that when we talk about Babe is usually "Ruth" not "Didrikson" and this book attempts to correct that. It would have been interesting had that thread carried through the book, because she truly was famous and yet we don't get a full sense of that fame. They also seem to pull some punches when describing this woman who doesn't seem terribly likeable. Her lack of team play is mentioned, but not how she managed to get the track event rules changed (who did [...]

    9. An engaging portrait of a fascinating figure. Wallace doesn't sugar coat Babe's competitive nature, or the financial drive behind many of her career decisions. Nonetheless, Babe's incredible athletic ability and passion for competition come through loud and clear. Wallace seamlessly incorporates social history while maintaining the focus clearly on Babe. While she may not have been the best teammate, and she certainly never hesitated to take a ridiculous job if it earned her some money, this bio [...]

    10. Was an interesting read. I had no knowledge of Babe before this. At first it was kind of hard to be totally engaged. The book has photos and captions interspersed throughout so I would have to find a stopping point in the main story before looking at and reading about the pictures.Seems to be written for middle school-ish level reading. It spoke of an autobiography that would probably be more for adults? I'll have to look into it. It would be interesting to read from her perspective.A very inter [...]

    11. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a sports wonder. She excelled at pretty much any sport she attempted: basketball, running, high jump, bowling, golf. You name it and she probably tried it. She was a brash, outspoken, driven person who didn't always make friends with her competitors or teammates. She had to overcome huge odds to make it in the sports world at a time when women were not thought to be athletically talented. I am not a sports person and had never heard of her before reading this book. I [...]

    12. An engaging portrait of a fascinating figure. Wallace doesn't sugar coat Babe's competitive nature, or the financial drive behind many of her career decisions. Nonetheless, Babe's incredible athletic ability and passion for competition come through loud and clear. Wallace seamlessly incorporates social history while maintaining the focus clearly on Babe. While she may not have been the best teammate, and she certainly never hesitated to take a ridiculous job if it earned her some money, this bio [...]

    13. Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a pioneering women's athlete. At a time when sports were thought to be detrimental to a woman's health, she proved that women athletes were able to succeed in a variety of sports. She started by playing on women's basketball teams, and then expanded into track and field. She won three medals in the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles, breaking both world and Olympic records. Finally, she took on golf, and is responsible for the founding of the LPGA. Her life was not easy, an [...]

    14. I was originally intimidated by the size of this biography of Babe. I had read another book about her and felt like that was enough. But I was hooked by the end of the first chapter. The book is an easy to read biography, filled with photographs and fascinating sidebars. Babe is presented as an unbelievably talented and gifted athlete, but also exhibits all of her quirks, arrogance, and egotism. Through the sidebars, the authors spotlight important aspects of Babe's world. Babe was an athlete th [...]

    15. Why isn’t Babe Didrikson a household name, the way Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods are household names? She was, after all, in ESPN’s top ten athletes of the 20th century. She did, after all, excel at multiple sports, including basketball, track and field, tennis, and golf. She did, after all, singlehandedly defeat a 22-person track and field team to take the women’s national championship title - breaking four world records in the process (three of which were already her own). And she was, [...]

    16. Excellent biography of the famous woman athlete who was a champion in basketball, track and field (1932 Olympics), bowling, baseball AND golf! She died of cancer in 1956. Well-written book that shows Babe's personality and determination. Well-designed, with plenty of large black and white photos, and nice side bars in between chapters. Chapter titles are engaging and catchy, such as "Round One" or "Babe Vs. The Boys," "Babe vs. The Rules," etc. Extensive source notes and bibliography. Interviews [...]

    17. Babe Didrikson Zaharias' story is an important one, and for too long it has been brushed aside in favor of the male athletes of her day. The authors do an excellent job of telling her story. The only problem that I had with the book was that the sidebars were sometimes multiple pages long which broke up paragraphs in the middle. I found myself reading the sidebar and then having to go back and to read the beginning of the paragraph again.

    18. Sports fans will be intrigued by Babe's varied accomplishments and storied history. Her ability to dedicate herself and succeed at such a variety of sports truly sets her apart from today's athletes. Being a golfer, I found the last half of the book, which details her amazing golf career, to be the most interesting.

    19. This well-written biography thoroughly explores the life and career of Babe Didrikson Zaharias. She was arguably one of the greatest female athletes ever. Numerous photos and other bonus content help bring this legend to life. Written for a young adult audience, it will likely be a good choice for some required reading.

    20. This bio of Babe Didrikson Zaharias was nice. It gave a good overview of her life, both personal and professional. It didn't try to sugarcoat any of the rough edges and it had great photographs and graphical elements.

    21. Everything you wanted to know about the famous woman athlete, and more! Lots of quotes from Babe, meticulously noted in the back matter. Despite the large font, the length and some content make this book best for middle school and older readers.

    22. As a youth services librarian, I am always looking for interesting biographies to have available for middle school assignments. For the intended audience, this book is an informative and engaging biography of a groundbreaking athlete of the 20th century.

    23. What an amazing and inspiring women, athlete, and person Babe Didrikson Zaharias was! With photos, quotes and a compelling narrative Babe Conquers the World will introduce young readers to an athlete who should never be forgotten.

    24. I was fascinated by this story of Babe Didrikson Zaharias' life. The authors did a great job of providing a balanced look at this sports great, and she came through as a determined, sometimes arrogant, woman who fought very hard to be able to participate in sports.

    25. Good bio of Didrikson for middle grade readers. A bit disjointed in covering her early life but becomes more cohesive in talking about her athletic career. Flows well and easy to read. Great use of photographs as well.

    26. 3.5 starsAn extensive biography of an interesting athlete and person; I loved the archival photographs, but had a hard time warming up to Babe herself - she is presented as an extraordinarily driven athlete, but, until the end of her life, a less likeable person.

    27. I brought this to read while waiting for my doctor and got so caught up in it that I was actually disappointed when I was called in! I love the bold design, all the the quotes and the many, many photos. The tone was so conversational that I did not feel like I was reading a biography.

    28. Balanced look at the life of Babe Didrickson Zaharias. The use of photographs and sidebars that are full page explanations of the culture of the times will enhance understanding for the intended audience of middle grade students.

    29. An admiring, honest, revealing biography of one of the foremost female athletes of all time who set multiple world records long before Title IX. Compare this title to Russell Freedman's biography, Babe Didrikson Zaharias: The Making of a Champion (Clarion, 1999).

    30. I really enjoyed this. The Wallaces do a great job of bringing a sense of who Didrikson was, warts and all, and the major contributions she made to opportunities for women in sports today. And truly - what a phenomenal athlete she was! Great back matter too.

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