Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 9 to 13
- Grade: 4 to 8
- Reading age: 9 to 12
Bobbie Rosenfeld may be Canada’s greatest female athlete of the twentieth century. A Canada's Sports Hall of Famer, Bobbie was born in 1904 in a small Russian town and came to Canada with her immigrant parents when she was less than a month old. Her love for all sports showed itself early. As a young girl she excelled in track and field, ice hockey, tennis, basketball and softball. At the 1928 Summer Olympics, held in Amsterdam, she won both gold and silver medals. But Bobbie Rosenfeld’s popularity was due to more than her athletic brilliance, or later, her skills as a sportswriter with the Globe & Mail; she was admired for her strength of character – her decency, honesty and sense of fair play. Anne Dublin's biography of Bobbie is a great read for anyone, of any age. For young athletes, it is simply a must-read.
About the author
Anne Dublin is a former teacher-librarian and award-winning author living in Toronto. She has written two biographies for Second Story Press – June Callwood: A Life of Action and Bobbie Rosenfeld: The Olympian Who Could Do Everything – as well as Dynamic Women Dancers, part of the Women’s Hall of Fame series and the children’s historical fiction novel The Orphan Rescue.
- Short-listed, Ontario Library Association Golden Oak Award for Adult Literacy
- Winner, Canadian Jewish Book Award
- Winner, IODE Violet Downey Award
- Winner, Frances and Samuel Stein Memorial Award in Children’s Literature
- Commended, Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Award
- Winner, Norma Fleck Award for Children's Non-Fiction Honour Book
Dublin provides a wealth of contextual detail about Canada and women in the early twentieth century.
Canadian Ethnic Studies
A very enjoyable read about a woman whose humour, political savvy and inspiring athleticism should be known to students of all ages.
Dublin's laudatory text and many photographs will also help to keep the memory of this exceptional athlete alive.
Globe and Mail
This reads as much as a social history of Ontario as biography, with Rosenfeld—woman, Jew and athlete—as a rallying point.
It is short, easy to read, but more importantly, is worth the time.
Community (Lousiville, KY)
An excellent choice and would be inspirational for both young men and women whether they are athletes or not.
Lane Education Service District Review Journal
In chronicling Rosenfeld’s life for today’s children, Dublin employs a tone and language which makes her story timeless.
This book can be read by children nine and up, but will also be enjoyed by adult fans of sports, history, and biography.
Quill & Quire
Dublin not only tells the story of Bobbie Rosenfeld but provides an impressive history of Canadian women’s sports.
Association of Jewish Libraries
Other titles by Anne Dublin
She's a Mensch!
Ten Amazing Jewish Women
Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure
A Cage Without Bars
Anne Dublin Children's Library 2-Book Bundle
Stealing Time / The Baby Experiment
44 Hours or Strike!
Stealing Time Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide
A Jonah Wiley Adventure
The Baby Experiment Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide