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Olympians and Other Amazing Athletes: Grades K-2

Your reader will enjoy these biographies filled with inspiring stories and fascinating facts.
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Wilma Unlimited
by Kathleen Krull Illustrated by David Diaz
Wilma Rudolph had plenty of love and attention from her parents and her 21 brothers and sisters while she was growing up in the 1940s in Clarksville, Tennessee. When she contracted polio, the doctor said she would never walk again, but Wilma refused to believe him.
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Babe Didrikson Zaharias
by Jane Sutcliffe Illustrated by Jeni Reeves
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Great African-American Athletes
by Taylor Oughton
Well-researched, expertly rendered book spotlights 45 remarkable athletes, among them Willie Mays, Satchel Paige, Jesse Owens, Wilma Rudolph, Joe Louis, Muhammad Ali, Magic Johnson, Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson, Jim Brown, and Herschel Walker. Fact-filled captions highlight athletic accomplishments.
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Jesse Owens
by Patricia C. McKissack , Fredrick L. McKissack

Describes the life of the sharecroppers' son who became an Olympic legend, and challenged Hitler's dream of Aryan superiority.

Part of a series of elementary reading-level biographies of inspiring African Americans that will satisfy the need for younger biographies written with simple text.

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Jim Thorpe, Olympic Champion
by Guernsey Van Riper Illustrated by Gray Morrow
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Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Excellence
by Deloris Jordan Illustrated by Barry Root

Long before he became an All-Star professional basketball player, Michael Jordan imagined winning an Olympic gold medal, and with dedication and perseverance, that's exactly what he did.

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Yao Ming
by John Hareas

Yao Ming is the biggest basketball phenomenon since Michael Jordan — basketball fans everywhere are clamoring for more, more, more about this awesome athlete! Now with this easy reader kids will learn all about Yao Ming's amazing life story.

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I Shook Up the World
by Maryum Ali Illustrated by Patrick Johnson

In honor of her father, boxing legend and cultural icon Muhammad Ali, Maryum Ali has written I Shook Up the World as an inspiration for children.

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