Is Tiger in a slump?

8:06 AM Posted by Lori Calabrese

This past Sunday, Tiger Woods watched his drives find all the wrong places. Fans watched Tiger get edged out by 39-year old, Y.E. Yang in the final round of the PGA Championship. It has the news talking, "Is Tiger in a slump?" Tiger has lost majors before and has even gone 10 straight majors without winning from July 2002 to April 2005. It should also be pointed out that every great golfer has had a major championship yanked out from underneath them at one point or another by a golfing unknown. But have no fear...Tiger has won five times already on the PGA Tour this season, including the previous two tour stops. Tiger's ascent to stardom and success has inspired many people and continually amazes them! If you're looking to share Tiger's story with young readers, check out Tiger Woods: Golf Superstar.

David R. Collins brings us a picture book biography on a golf superstar that young readers can admire and respect.
The book begins with an illustrated picture of Tiger as a baby with his father, Earl Woods. Tiger liked sitting in his high chair, watching his father hit golf balls into a net. Earl Woods hoped his son would love golf just like he did. Earl Woods didn't get to play when he was a boy since many thought golf was a sport for white people. To encourage his son, Earl shortened a golf club just for young Tiger. The rest is history as the boy learned to swing before he was one year old. Tiger became a young sensation as he appeared on television, and even played against Bob Hope. When he was five, Tiger appeared on the TV show, "That's Incredible."

There are many things in this book that I learned about Tiger. For instance, on the first day of kindergarten, Tiger was tied to a tree and called names because of the color of his skin. Readers share in many of Tiger's triumphs such as winning his first golf tournament in 1983. A win that would be the first of many.
This is a great book to show young readers that it doesn't matter what color or nationality you are, you can play any sport you want to. And there's a lot more that comes with being a champion.

Additional Information:

Author: David R. Collins

Illustrator: Larry Nolte
Reading level: Ages 4-8

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company; illustrated edition edition (February 1999)

ISBN-10: 1565543211

ISBN-13: 978-1565543218
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