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Children's Nonfiction Sports & Recreation

Bobbie Rosenfeld

The Olympian Who Could Do Everything

by (author) Anne Dublin

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2004
Sports & Recreation, General, Women
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2004
    List Price
  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Jan 2004
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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.

Anne Dublin's profile page


  • 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

Editorial Reviews

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.

CM Magazine

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.

Toronto Star

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.

Canadian Bookseller

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

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