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A new and updated edition of the picture book about the woman called The Jackie Robinson of tennis. Although stars like Serena Williams cite Althea Gibson as an inspiration, Gibson's story is not well-known to many young people today. Growing up tough and rebellious in Harlem, Althea took that fighting attitude and used it to go after her goals of being a tennis champio A new and updated edition of the picture book about the woman called The Jackie Robinson of tennis. Although stars like Serena Williams cite Althea Gibson as an inspiration, Gibson's story is not well-known to many young people today. Growing up tough and rebellious in Harlem, Althea took that fighting attitude and used it to go after her goals of being a tennis champion, and a time when tennis was a game played mostly by wealthy white people in country clubs that excluded African Americans. In 1956, she became the first Black American to win a major championship when she won at The French Open. When she won the celebrated Wimbledon tournament the following year, Gibson shook hands with the Queen of England. Not bad for a kid from the streets of Harlem. With determination and undeniable skill, Althea Gibson become a barrier-breaking, record-setting, and world-famous sportswoman. This new and updated edition of this inspirational biography contains recent information on the impact of Gibson's legacy.


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A new and updated edition of the picture book about the woman called The Jackie Robinson of tennis. Although stars like Serena Williams cite Althea Gibson as an inspiration, Gibson's story is not well-known to many young people today. Growing up tough and rebellious in Harlem, Althea took that fighting attitude and used it to go after her goals of being a tennis champio A new and updated edition of the picture book about the woman called The Jackie Robinson of tennis. Although stars like Serena Williams cite Althea Gibson as an inspiration, Gibson's story is not well-known to many young people today. Growing up tough and rebellious in Harlem, Althea took that fighting attitude and used it to go after her goals of being a tennis champion, and a time when tennis was a game played mostly by wealthy white people in country clubs that excluded African Americans. In 1956, she became the first Black American to win a major championship when she won at The French Open. When she won the celebrated Wimbledon tournament the following year, Gibson shook hands with the Queen of England. Not bad for a kid from the streets of Harlem. With determination and undeniable skill, Althea Gibson become a barrier-breaking, record-setting, and world-famous sportswoman. This new and updated edition of this inspirational biography contains recent information on the impact of Gibson's legacy.

16 review for Playing to Win: How Althea Gibson Broke Barriers and Changed Tennis Forever

  1. 5 out of 5

    Noreen Trotsky

    A picture book biography about tennis great Althea Gibson. The book follows Althea's perseverance to become the greatest tennis player in the world and the racial barriers she broke as she fought her way to the top. This would have been a higher rated book but for the illustrations. Thank you to Edelweiss, the publisher, and the author for the digital ARC of this book. A picture book biography about tennis great Althea Gibson. The book follows Althea's perseverance to become the greatest tennis player in the world and the racial barriers she broke as she fought her way to the top. This would have been a higher rated book but for the illustrations. Thank you to Edelweiss, the publisher, and the author for the digital ARC of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    You've heard of Serena and Venus Williams, but have you heard of Althea Gibson? Born to sharecroppers in the 1920s, this impressive woman became the first African American to win Wimbledon and was the number one women's tennis player. This is a story of overcoming obstacles and doubts to persist and become great. You've heard of Serena and Venus Williams, but have you heard of Althea Gibson? Born to sharecroppers in the 1920s, this impressive woman became the first African American to win Wimbledon and was the number one women's tennis player. This is a story of overcoming obstacles and doubts to persist and become great.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

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