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Billie Jean! : how tennis star Billie Jean King changed women's sports

by Rockliff, Mara,

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 6 Libraries 6 of 7 copies
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CLP - Main Library First Floor Children's Department - Biography j GV994.K56 R64 2019
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Cooper-Siegel Community Library Childrens' Room j 92 KIN
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Collection  Childrens' Room
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Jefferson Hills Public Library Easy Nonfiction E 92 KIN
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Collection  Easy Nonfiction
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Northland Public Library Children's Biography J B KING
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Penn Hills Library Juvenile Easys E j 92 KIN
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Wilkinsburg Public Library Easy Nonfiction E 92 KING
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Collection  Juvenile Biography
From award-winning author Mara Rockliff and New York Times -bestselling illustrator Elizabeth Baddeley comes this extraordinary picture book about one little girl who loved sports and grew up to be one of the greatest and best-known tennis players of all time.

Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY. When she ran, she ran fast . When she played, she played hard . As a top women's tennis player, Billie Jean fought for fairness in women's sports, and when she faced off against Bobby Riggs in the Battle of the Sexes, the most famous tennis match in history, she showed the world that men and women--and boys and girls--are equal on and off the court.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "This lively picture book introduces tennis star Billie Jean King, who emerged as an outspoken supporter of women's equality when she accepted a challenge from provocateur and former tennis star Bobby Riggs and won their much-publicized match. While the narrative tells of King's early struggles, hard work, and successes on the court, it also details the difficulties facing her as a woman athlete in the era before Title IX, when reporters would routinely ask male tennis champs about their game, and then quiz King about her jewelry, hairstyles, and plans for motherhood. The narrative climaxes with her victory over Riggs. Writing in relatively short sentences and occasional speech balloons within the illustrations, Rockliff tells the story simply and effectively, while letting readers draw their own conclusions. Baddeley's colorful artwork, created with ink, watercolor, acrylic, and digital elements, dramatizes the action. Considering King's contributions to the struggle toward equal funding, scholarships, pay, and respect for women in sports, this accessible picture book offers a welcome introduction to this legendary tennis star and advocate for women's rights.--Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2019 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: ""Anything Billie Jean did, she did it ALL THE WAY." This intensity is a recurring motif in Rockliff's tale of the early life of tennis player Billie Jean King, born in 1943. From a childhood in which tennis was presented as the only sport for girls, to her ultimate triumph in the legendary "Battle of the Sexes" against Bobby Riggs in 1973, King's career was shaped by defying sexist expectations. By centering these many obstacles, Rockliff reveals the pervasive dimensions of the prejudices King faced, heightening her continued perseverance and eventual victories. And the firmly defined lines of Baddeley's illustrations aptly evoke King's steely determination through frustrations and joys. Though the book ends with the match against Riggs, an author's note delves further into King's activism for women's sports, Title IX, and LGBTQ communities. Ages 4--8. (Aug.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects King, Billie Jean -- Juvenile literature.
King, Billie Jean.
Tennis players -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women tennis players -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Tennis players -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
Publisher New York, NY :2019
Contributors Baddeley, Elizabeth, illustrator.
Audience Ages 4-8.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations (some color) ; 24 x 28 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN 9780525517795
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