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.
Winters begins her understated biography of the Williams sisters in their childhood in Compton, Calif.: "Early morning, Daddy takes the sisters to the court, where some older boys still think it's night." The sisters are first pictured playing on a litter-filled court, but as they work hard to learn the game, they garner attention. Winter's dynamic yet mannered art style lends individual scenes a feeling of visual vignette. The sisters' skills result in an accumulation of trophies, and their personal flair shines through as they "try new ways of dressing and new hairstyles no one has seen on a tennis court before." Winter addresses the sisters' physical struggles and subsequent recovery as they "practice hard and hit those bright balls on their own tennis court concentrating like they did when they were little." The affectionate story concludes with the two athletes embracing over the net, following one of their many matches. Ages 3 8.