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Girls with Guts!: The Road to Breaking Barriers and Bashing Records (Hardback)

By Gonzales, Debbie
By Gibbon, Rebecca

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A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Play Like a Girl keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushe... read full description below.

ISBN 9781580897471
Barcode 9781580897471
Published 1 May 2019 by Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781580897471
ISBN-10 1580897479
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Imprint Charlesbridge Publishing,U.S.
Publication Date 1 May 2019
International Publication Date 14 May 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Gonzales, Debbie
By Gibbon, Rebecca
Category Picture Books / Young Children's books
Number of Pages 32
Dimensions Width: 279mm
Height: 216mm
Weight 567g
Interest Age 8-12 years
Reading Age 8-12 years
Library of Congress United States, Sex discrimination in sports, Sports for women - United States - History, Sports for women - History, Sex discrimination in sports - United States - History
NBS Text Pre-school & Early Learning
ONIX Text Children/juvenile
Dewey Code 796.082
Catalogue Code 972951

Description of this Book

No chasing! No stretching or straining! And never, ever sweat. These were the rules girls were forced to play by until Title IX passed in 1972. And it was a game-changer. A celebration of the strength, endurance, and athleticism of women and girls throughout the ages, Play Like a Girl keeps score with examples of women athletes from the late 1800s up through the 1970s, sharing how women refused to take no for an answer, and how finally, they pushed for a law to protect their right to play, compete, and be athletes.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Gonzales describes the days when girls were discouraged from participating in sports, then introduces women who challenged society's narrow expectations regarding girls' athletics. After early nods to women excluded from the ancient and early modern Olympics, the text introduces a series of American women in sports, such as Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel in 1926 and Althea Gibson winning the French Open tennis tournament in 1956. Meanwhile, women marched for equal rights and congresswomen worked for new laws, culminating in Title IX, which created a more level playing field for girls and women in school sports. While the historical section of the text might challenge primary-grade children at times, a very accessible illustrated page opens and closes the book with these encouraging words, Look at you ... springing, / kicking, / dribbling / and pitching it down the pike. / Girl, you are amazing! Created with acrylic, ink, and color pencils, the stylized artwork defines each historical period and maintains a buoyant tone throughout the book. A colorful, historical introduction to American women in sports. --Booklist In 2019, young girls look up to athletes like Olympic-medalist Simone Biles and the record-breaking Serena Williams as role models. But not that long ago, women athletes were excluded from many sports; if one goes further back in history, they were not allowed to compete at all. Gonzales highlights the achievements of women athletes who broke down the gender barriers. Starting with the first Olympic Games and bringing readers to the present day, the author creates a narrative using a time line of women in sports. Many well-known women athletes are highlighted such as tennis player Althea Gibson and Olympic swimmer Donna de Varona, in addition to many lesser-known names. The author also discusses Title IX, the legislation that mandated equal treatment for all women athletes. Gonzales adds information about the key congresswomen and other advocates who fought for the ratification of the legislation. Back matter includes a formal time line and an extensive bibliography. VERDICT: A great addition to any collection highlighting unknown women athletes and also explains the important legislation of Title IX for a young audience. --School Library Journal

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Author's Bio

Debbie Gonzales is an educator, curriculum consultant, former school administrator, and adjunct professor. She's the author of six books for New Zealand publisher Giltedge. She earned an MFA in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her husband John and dog in Michigan.

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