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Fearless: the Story of Racing Legend Louise Smith Hardcover – October 14, 2010
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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 ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a lot of fun. The illustrations are great and the story is engaging. It's a great historical narrative to which a girl growing up can relate. Read morePublished 1 month ago by BPM
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
This was an enjoyable read, filled with an empathetic, feisty character, and little-known information. A great gift book for a young girl or boy interested in auto racing.Published on April 22, 2011 by Ohioan
The illustrations in this children's book on a true story of an amazing woman are so beautiful that each page could be a framed piece of art.Published on November 5, 2010 by Bitsy
Fearless is an excellent book. The story is very interesting and the illustration bring the words to life. Read morePublished on October 26, 2010 by Children's Book Expert