Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson

Playing to Win The Story of Althea Gibson Growing up in Harlem in the s Althea Gibson became tough and rebellious Some said she was having trouble finding her way until she was a teenager when she discovered she had a talent for sports

  • Title: Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson
  • Author: Karen Deans
  • ISBN: 9780823419265
  • Page: 195
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Growing up in Harlem in the 1930s, Althea Gibson became tough and rebellious Some said she was having trouble finding her way, until she was a teenager when she discovered she had a talent for sports In fact, Althea was a natural at tennis, but tennis was played mostly by wealthy white people in country clubs that excluded African Americans Never one to shy away from aGrowing up in Harlem in the 1930s, Althea Gibson became tough and rebellious Some said she was having trouble finding her way, until she was a teenager when she discovered she had a talent for sports In fact, Althea was a natural at tennis, but tennis was played mostly by wealthy white people in country clubs that excluded African Americans Never one to shy away from a challenge, Althea was not deterred Instead, she set about becoming a barrier breaking and world famous athlete.

    One thought on “Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson”

    1. Playing to Win: The Story of Althea Gibson, is a biographical account of the interesting life of Althea Gibson, a pioneer of the professional tennis world for black female athletes. Initially, I didn't find that this picture book was written with young learners in mind. The language and concepts didn't seem broken down in a way that was tangible enough. Maybe I am underestimating the degree to which 1st graders can absorb material, but I doesn't seem like a story children would find easy to rela [...]

    2. Althea Gibson group up with the love and support of a loving family. After they moved out of the south and to New York, Althea could do nothing but get in trouble. She then started to play any kind of sport with balls. She especially loved tennis.So her journey began with her love of tennis. She was very good and won lots of state tournaments and all black tournaments, but she wanted to do better she wanted to be a part of the USTLA. She worked and worked and made her way in, but los second roun [...]

    3. The genre of this book is biography. The age range of this book is 8 and up. This book is about Althea Gibson who was the first African AMerican woman to win a major tennis championship. I rate this book 4 stars because it was a great book to read about how Althea became a great athlete. The plot of this book is Althea who grew up in Harlem, NY and timews were hard and she overcame her struggle and became a great tennis player. The theme of this book is strive for the best. The illustration was [...]

    4. Story is well told. The problem is the uneven art work. The artist is quoted as saying he felt Althea Gibson was as "graceful as a ballerina" and wanted that to be reflected in the pictures. And the cover art does so, and some of the other action pictures are excellent as well. But in many of the other pictures people have their heads oddly tilted and eyes closed. The picture of Althea on a campus where EVERYONE is doing this is particularly disturbing. Very distracting and strange.

    5. Gibson broke the race barrier in professional tennis. Interestingly, I read here that she was a professional singer and golfer as well. This book was well-written and flowed like fiction rather than another boring biography. Pictures were beautiful, though I started to wonder if people didn't all look a little stereotypical.

    6. A good picture book biography about the first african american woman tennis player. Brings to light the fact that as a black woman, she was not allowed to play in many of the top flight tennis tournaments - but with her talent she ultimately earned the Wimbledon trophy.

    7. This was a decent book about one of the first great African American female tennis players. Nothing that particularly stood out to me.

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