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Fearless: The Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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Gr 3-4–“Fast! Faster! Flying! Free!” is the mantra of this picture-book biography of a female pioneer in the then 100 percent male world of auto racing. In an era full of no's, don'ts,” and can't's for women, Louise's fearless daring behind the wheel brought her to the attention of an entrepreneur looking for a girl driver as a gimmick to attract a larger audience in the stands. He opened a door Louise never thought to go through, and she never looked in that particular rear mirror again. Rosenstock's brief, fast text follows the dust laid by her spunky daredevil of a heroine, while Dawson's color-saturated paintings portray a determined woman who was still driving fast cars years after she left the circuit. This slender, brief biography of the first woman elected to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame will be an eye-opener to NASCAR beginner-buffs and welcomed by young sports fans (and feminists) assigned a biography book report.–Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In 1923, when she was 7 years old, Louise Smith crashed a car into a chicken coop, and after that, until her death at age 90, she never stopped driving, or crashing, even when she needed bifocals to see the road. While still adhering to a traditional life path (marriage, a nursing career), she went out at night and drove “until she felt that she was finally going fast enough to get somewhere—even if she always wound up right back home.” Eventually, she began entering races from Daytona to Canada in the early days of what would become NASCAR, and she competed confidently, becoming the first woman elected to the International Motorsports Hall of Fame. Realistic, action-filled, mixed-media images and a well-paced text express the exciting, biographical story of a figure rarely featured in children’s books. Anchored by a strong author’s note, this account of a person once called “the craziest woman we know” is a great choice for both racing enthusiasts and children seeking stories about female trailblazers. Grades 1-3. --Andrew Medlar
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Lots of potential with this one. Rosenstock has written several other biographical stories "based on" her interpretation of primary sources. Her work is worthy of an author study. This book would pair well with others about strong women like Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?: The Story of Elizabeth Blackwell by Tanya Lee Stone.
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. I enjoyed reading about Louise because she was a spirited woman who didn't ever back away from her dream of becoming a racecar driver despite the prejudice of the 1940s and 1950s. I've read about Daytona history in books for this age group, but none featured Louise. The Daytona she raced in was appropriately depicted as having been held on the beach. The stunning artwork by Scott Dawson meshed perfectly with the tale and had a nice vintage aura about it. Louise's indomitable spirit and personality ooze from these pages, pages that both boys and girls will pore over. This book, a first picture book attempt by both the author and illustrator, is definitely worth adding to one's collection. In the back of the book is a small cameo picture of Louise and a brief, but more detailed look at Louise's racing career.