Celebrated picture book biographer Jeanette Winter shares the story of champion tennis players—and sisters—Venus and Serena Williams.Before they were famous tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams were sisters with big dreams growing up in Compton, California. In the early mornings, they head to the tennis courts, clean up debris, and practice. They compete in their first tournament and they both win. From there, the girls’ trophy collection grows and grows. Despite adversity and health challenges, the sisters become two of the greatest tennis players of all time. This inspiring story of sisterhood, hard work, and determination is perfect for budding athletes or any young reader with a big dream.
- January 1, 1970JulieI loved the illustrations, especially for their depiction of the sisters' age progression and the glorious use of color! Their dedication to playing tennis and abiding love for one another truly shine through.
- January 1, 1970JenAll the good chills. I am always in awe of these women, but Jeanette Winter presents their story in such a beautiful, yet to the point way, that highlights what these sisters have accomplished.
- January 1, 1970PamBiography of Venus and Serena Williams for elementary level readers.Information presented from childhood through illnesses to returning to the courts to compete again.Soft focused illustrations support the text.
- January 1, 1970AnneseI enjoyed the illustrations, but no to the text. This is one of those books you immediately gravitate to because the cover is amazing, then you are ultimately underwhelmed by the actual story. To me, it felt like a very fluffed, stereotypical overview of their rise to stardom. I wanted more.more
- January 1, 1970BethExcellent biography of Venus & Serena Williams in picture book format.
- January 1, 1970wildct2003Good story
- January 1, 1970TracieTells the story of Venus and Serena Williams, their persistence, love for each other and how they became tennis greats.
- January 1, 1970CassidyThis wasn't the best writing ever but I loved the story it told. Great for a read aloud with all of tennis sounds. Very inspirational. Love how it emphasized their relationship over any competition.
- January 1, 1970Raven BlackSimple, poetic book about the Williams sisters. Not a lot of background, but enough to move the story on. Winter's signature style.
- January 1, 1970Mary LeeHow they got to now.
- January 1, 1970JenniferLovely brief picture book biography about the Williams sisters. Authors note or additional back matter would have bumped this up to five stars.
- January 1, 1970Sandy BrehlThere are plenty of biographic potrayals of the astounding Williams sisters, but this has several features with noting. The author/illustrator and art design team created a tall trim size, depicting a suitable vertical layout of the sisters, the courts, the action, and the power of the lives shared here. I particularly appreciated the ways in which the closeness of the sisters throughout their lives and the joy they convey thought every stage of their development (and later their setbacks and lo There are plenty of biographic potrayals of the astounding Williams sisters, but this has several features with noting. The author/illustrator and art design team created a tall trim size, depicting a suitable vertical layout of the sisters, the courts, the action, and the power of the lives shared here. I particularly appreciated the ways in which the closeness of the sisters throughout their lives and the joy they convey thought every stage of their development (and later their setbacks and long careers) was accomplished. This will work well for any age, but especially for the very young, including the emphasis on the support of their family and then their local community.more
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