Synopses & Reviews
You might know that Columbus discovered America, Lewisand#160;and Clark headed west with Sacajawea, and Sally Ride blasted into space. But what do you really know about these bold explorers? What were they like as kids? What pets or bad habits did they have? And what drove their passion to explore unknown parts of the world? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, Lives of the Explorers
reveals these fascinating adventurersand#160;as both world-changers and real people.
The entertaining style and solid research of the Lives of . . . series of biographies have made it a favorite with families and educators for twenty years. This new volume takes readers through the centuries and across the globe, profiling theand#160;men and women whose curiosity and courage have led them to discover our world.
"Far juicier and more revealing reading than more usual pious sports biographies."and#8212;Publishers Weekly "Krull hits another home run. . . . Interesting, entertaining, and fact-filled."and#8212;American Bookseller
andquot;Readers will enjoy delving into the exploits of intrepid explorers across time, and, literally, space.andquot;?
andquot;Hewittand#39;s humorous caricatures, large of head and slight of body, continue to amuse, and the maps included in many entries are a welcome addition.andquot;
andquot;A strong addition to middle-grade nonfiction collections.andquot;
andmdash;School Library Journal
"This collective biography is perfectly suited to thematic research as well as to reading for pleasure."
"Another wonderful addition to the series, detailing common knowledge and little-known facts about historical figures."
and#8212;School Library Journal
"Yes! Krull and Hewitt are back with another of those books, the eighth entry in their delightful Lives of . . . series."
and#8212;Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Eight short, lively chapters introduce twenty influential scientists of the modern era. Krull emphasizes memorable, and often humorously indiosyncratic, character traits."
and#8212;The Horn Book Magazine
Babe Ruth was the greatest slugger ever--and off the field snacked on pickled eels and chocolate ice cream. Johnny Weissmuller swam to Olympic fame--and on land practiced the Tarzan yell. and#8220;Krull hits another home run.and#8221;--American Bookseller
Most people can reel off a string of stats about their favorite sports hero, but few fans know the person behind the trophies and medals. This book reveals little-known personal facts about Sonja Henie, Bruce Lee, Jackie Robinson, and many other champions of sport. Color illus.
What is your favorite athlete's biggest fear? Strangest habit? Craziest quirk? And what did their neighbors have to say about them? Find out all you ever wanted to know about your favorite sports stars in Lives of the Athletes.and#160;Biographical information has never been this much fun to read!
Almost everybody can reel off stats about a favorite athlete, but few fans know the person behind the trophies and medals. Lives of the Athletes: Thrills, Spills (and What the Neighbors Thought) tells more than just the physical achievements of twenty groundbreaking athletes. What did they like to eat, to drink, to wear? What childhood games did they play? How did they handle fame and fortune? Avid sports fans and phobics alike will relish this collection of fears, habits, quirks, and what the neighbors found to gossip about. and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; From Jackie Robinson to Sonja Henie to Bruce Lee, from surfing to basketball to soccer, no other book celebrates the art of the human body quite like this one.
This fascinating new installment in the popularand#160;Lives of... series of collective biographies is full of juicy tidbits about history's greatest scientists.
Scientists have a reputation for being focused on their workand#8212;and maybe even dull. But take another look. Did you know that itand#8217;s believed Galileo was scolded by the Roman Inquisition for sassing his mom? That Isaac Newton loved to examine soap bubbles? That Albert Einstein loved to collect joke books, andand#160;that geneticist Barbara McClintock wore a Groucho Marx disguise in public? With juicy tidbits about everything from favorite foods to first loves, the subjects of Kathleen Krull and Kathryn Hewittand#8217;s Lives of the Scientists: Experiments, Explosions (and What the Neighbors Thought) are revealed as creative, bold, sometimes eccentricand#8212;and anything but dull.
About the Author
Kathleen Krulland#160;has written muchand#160;innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . .
series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com
Table of Contents
Jim Thorpe -- Duke Kahanamoku -- Babe Ruth -- Red Grange -- Johnny Weissmuller -- Gertrude Ederle -- Babe Didrikson Zaharias -- Sonja Henie -- Jesse Owens -- Jackie Robinson -- Sir Edmund Hillary -- Maurice Richard -- Maureen Connolly -- Roberto Clemente -- Wilma Rudolph -- Arthur Ashe -- Peter Maravich -- Bruce Lee -- Pelâe -- Flo Hyman.