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Sisters and Champions: The True Story of Venus and Serena Williams
Learn about Jame E. Serena Williams, the first woman to win 23 Grand Slam titles :. Table tennis trivia: Using a table, table tennis ball, table tennis paddle, if available, and a table tennis net, if available, kids will win points based on correctly answering questions asked by the opposing team. Learn the history of the Grand Slam tournaments:. The illustrator, James E. Ransome, uses collage throughout the book. Watch the following video to find out more about the collaging technique.
A now iconic image serves as inspiration for the book cover: Venus and Serena Williams -- lanky frames, cocoa-hued skin and white beads in their hair -- standing out like tulips swaying in the wind as the sisters take court. Twenty years later, the Williams sisters are still competing. Most recently, Venus failed to advance to the fourth round at Wimbledon, while new mom Serena marched on to the semifinals. The [Williams sisters] changed not only how you are going to play tennis, but who got to play. Bryant revisited Venus and Serena's roots in the book, starting with their father Richard Williams, who trained the girls early on. Hell yeah, they were going to be champions," said Floyd Cooper, who illustrated the book. Like he is protecting them from the world and everybody knew what was coming," Cooper said.
The author shares the life stories of Venus and Serena Williams, who charged onto center court in professional tennis at the end of the 20th century with a force never before seen in the sport. No other women tennis players have matched their strength, their speed, or their overall athleticism, and none have achieved the status and celebrity they have gained on and off the court as they powered to the number one and two rankings in the Women's Tennis Association WTA. Venus and Serena Williams represent in many ways a shift in attitudes concerning women in sports, particularly African American women. By playing tough tennis, they conveyed to the public that it was acceptable for women to be strong, to have muscles, and to compete. When Venus and Serena first appeared in the public eye, their hair bound in beads bespoke their ethnic pride, the braces on their teeth belied their youth, and their grit and determination enabled them to withstand challenges concerning the attitudes of these young African American women in what had traditionally been a white-washed sport.
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Look Inside. May 29, ISBN years. An inspiring picture book sports biography about two of the greatest female tennis players of all-time! Venus and Serena Williams: Best friends. Here is a worthy ode to Venus and Serena Williams, the incredible sister duo who will go down in history as two of the greatest athletes of all time. A handsome sports biography. An effective narrative and visual way to share a piece of sports history.
Venus Williams learned to play tennis on the public courts of Los Angeles. After turning professional in , she won seven Grand Slam titles and an Olympic gold medal in singles play. She also teamed up with sister Serena Williams to win several doubles championships, boosting her victory total even after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in One of Richard and Oracene Williams' five daughters, Venus, along with her younger sister, Serena, has redefined women's tennis with her strength and superb athleticism. Since turning pro in , Venus has captured seven Grand Slam titles, including five Wimbledon championships.
Venus and Serena Williams: Tennis Superstars. This is the story of Venus and Serena Williams two simple girls from Compton California who grew up to be the most famous tennis players in the world. The Williams sisters accomplished the dream of their father Mr. Williams who had a dream that his girls grow up to be professional tennis players he trained them from childhood to play tennis. The sisters become Grand Slam title winners and both were ranked as the Number One tennis player in the world both as singles and doubles competitions! They won Olympic gold medals, cash, and prizes that changed their lives forever.