Kid Athletes

True Tales of Childhood from Sports Legends

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Pub Date 17 Nov 2015 | Archive Date 13 Dec 2015


Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations show how Tiger Woods, Gabby Douglas, Bruce Lee, Billie Jean King, and other budding sports champions faced kid-sized challenges growing up.
Forget the gold medals, the championships, and the undefeated seasons. When all-star athletes were growing up, they had regular-kid problems just like you. Baseball legend Babe Ruth was such a troublemaker, his family sent him to reform school. Race car champion Danica Patrick fended off bullies who told her “girls can’t drive.” And football superstar Peyton Manning was forced to dance the tango in his school play. 

Kid Athletes tells all of their stories and more with full-color cartoon illustrations on every page. Other subjects include Billie Jean King, Jackie Robinson, Yao Ming, Gabby Douglas, Tiger Woods, Julie Krone, Bruce Lee, Muhammad Ali, Bobby Orr, Lionel Messi, and more!
Hilarious childhood biographies and full-color illustrations show how Tiger Woods, Gabby Douglas, Bruce Lee, Billie Jean King, and other budding sports champions faced kid-sized challenges growing up.

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ISBN 9781594748028
PRICE $14.99 (USD)

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A collection of sports heroes as kids that's perfect for middle grades students. The athletes highlighted are both male and female and from different backgrounds, sports, and decades. I love the Leo Messi and Gabby Douglas stories. Interesting tidbits for young and old sports fans. This author also has a book about U.S. presidents as kids.

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I received my copy of Kids Athletes by David Horner as a preview copy from Net Galley.

Kid Athletes is a book of stories about famous athletes as kids. Some of the stories are Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, Babe Ruth, and Bruce Lee, but there are lots more.

My favorite story was Peyton Manning. He was once a tango superstar and tangoed in front of his entire school. When Bruce Lee was younger, his dad tried to protect him from an evil spirit that took young boys by sending him to America, where he trained in martial arts and became a movie star. As a kid, Tiger Woods was always good at golf. When he was only 1, he could hit a golf ball into the center of a soccer net. When he was 3, he had already gotten to the golf courses. When he got older, he became a golf champion.

I really liked the book because I got to learn a lot of stuff about some really famous athletes. I like how this book is a lot of short stories instead of one long story, so you get to read a lot of different ones. One of my favorite things I learned was how, when Tiger Woods was practicing golf, his dad would play music and do other things to try and distract him so he would learn how to ignore the distractions on the golf course.

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Very fun book with a great selection of famous athletes to interest young readers. While easy to read, the little comics interspersed throughout adds to the overall readability.

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The fun antics and simplistic charm that was loved by readers of "Kid Presidents" is back with "Kid Athletes". With a variety of athletes and a running theme of "you can do it too" this book brings great facts, amusing illustrations kids will love, and uplifting stories into one package that is a must read!

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A while back while shopping at Costco my husband and I spotted an intriguing kids book called Kid Presidents. Our oldest child, Madelyn, has her sights set on the oval office so we thought she would enjoy the book. When we brought it home, it turned out that our twin boys also are super into this book. In fact, it is their most reached for book at reading time. I knew as soon as I saw Kid Athletes that my kids would absolutely adore it. The premise of the "kid" books is to share stories from the childhood of these famous people. The stories often show the individual overcome an obstacle or adversity and their perseverance to meet their goals. Not only is Kid Athletes a cool way to learn about the athlete growing up, but there are great lessons for kids to take away from these stories. There is a good mix of athletes represented in the book, from the super recognizable (Peyton Manning, Danica Patrick, Michael Jordan) to some inspiring people that may be new names to your kids (Babe Didrickson, Bruce Lee, Muhammed Ali). Kid Athletes is a great book to share with your kids, you will both probably learn new things about your favorite athletes and maybe end up with some new favorites!

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