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Fearless: the Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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Here's a description from the Amelia Bloomer Project 2011 Top 10 List: Recommended Feminist Literature for Birth through 18:
"Louise Smith discovered her "need for speed" at a time when most girls didn't even drive; she went on to become a NASCAR racing legend."
For my part, the amazing illustrations really capture Louise Smith's "need for speed" as well as the time period, making it fun for both young and old to read and discover a "new" time or reminisce (making it a good launching pad for your own family stories as well). It's both a fun look into not-so-distant history, and a great look at how a young woman built a career on something she was passionate about--driving fast--and how she navigated not just fast curves in the roads, but other people's ideas of what was proper for a "lady" to do at that time. I wanna be more like Louise Smith! Thanks, Barbara, for writing this!
Told with a touch of humor and engaging illustrations, this biographical children's book shines a spotlight on a female trailblazer who children may not know much about. Key to the narrative is an important economics lessons about women breaking into non-traditional occupations. Parents may want to hide the car keys for a while so their children don't sneak behind the wheel like Louise did during her fateful first drive.
When Louise grew up she did many of the same things that other girls did, but never seemed satisfied. She tried her hand at many jobs from working as a nurse to being a beautician, but fast cars continued to be a draw. In the dark of night the only things that lit up the sky were a waning moon, the headlights of her black sedan, and her smile as she raced through the night. One day a man named "Big Bill" came to town. Young boys clustered around him as he showed them a poster of a racing car, but he wasn't looking for boys or men, he was looking for someone very different . . . he was "looking for a girl who could drive in a race as a gimmick, a joke." Louise was definitely up to the job, but no one reckoned that she would become so serious about racing. Racing cars was a tough, competitive sport, but would she be able to be good enough to race against seasoned veterans?
This is an amazing story about Louise Smith, a "fearless" race car driver.Read more ›
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Rosenstock is a "go-to" author for biographical stories about inspiring people. Be sure to read the intro (just before the first page of text) where Rosenstock defines... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Sunday Cummins
Great book for little girls who want to do "Traditionally" boy things. My MIL is related to Ms. Smith, so that was a bonus too!Published on December 10, 2012 by Jennifer W Hardy