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Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS (27)) Hardcover – June 4, 2019
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Wilma Rudolph (Little People, BIG DREAMS)
Finally, her family’s care and attention showed results: by the time she was nine, Wilma no longer needed her leg brace. And once she took it off, there was no turning back.
One day, a coach named Ed spotted Wilma playing and invited her to join a summer college program for young athletes. Soon, she was running so fast that, if you blinked, you may have missed her.
Four years later, Wilma went to the Olympics in Rome: she became the first woman to win three gold medals. Her success made many girls realize that sprinting was not something only boys could do.
About the Author
Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, born in Barcelona, Spain, is a writer and creative director in constant search of new concepts for children’s books and the author of the multimillion-copy best-selling Little People, BIG DREAMS series of picture books that explore the lives of outstanding people. Working for more than fifteen years for clients in top advertising agencies, her books combine creativity with learning, aiming to establish a new and fresh relationship between children and pop culture.
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My four-year old loves these and asks for them several times a week. I like that she is learning about history and getting a dose of “persistence pays off”. Dad and I enjoy learning about these amazing people too. 😊
In telling Wilma's story, the author honestly and sensitively addresses the racism of Ms. Rudolph's era. In acknowledging this the author opens the way for a good discussion with a child.
Get these books for a child you know; they will learn that life is full of amazing opportunities and will, hopefully, see that they can set their sights high. They will see too that obstacles can be overcome.
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this title in exchange for an honest review.
This is a great introduction to Wilma Rudolph's life and pioneering career, and the author's note includes additional details and photos from her life. I recommend this to anyone who is interested in this sports figure in particular, and to people who enjoy meaningful stories about people who have overcome significant obstacles.
Wilma Rudolph was born into a home with 19 siblings in the segregated South. As a child, she contracted polio, and overcame it with the help of her family. From there, she played basketball and ran fast. So fast she won three gold medals in the Olympics in Rome.
Overcoming adversity is a theme in a lot of these stories, and this is no different, but it might be clearer for young readers than some. The art in this one shines as well.
I received a review copy of this ebook from The Quarto Group - Frances Lincoln Children's Books, and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
This book describes Wilma Rudolph’s life in detail, but in easily understood language for children. The illustrations are well done.
As an educator, I would recommend this book to children to see that they can do big things. Everyone can make a difference. People can and do overcome limitations early in life.
Thank you to the Quarto Group and NetGalley for the eARC in exchange for an honest review.
Received galley for unbiased review.
The Little People, Big Dreams series is a great series for young children to learn about the great people who came before them. If you have children or grandchildren who want to learn about the past, you will like this series.
I received a free copy of this book from Frances Lincoln Children's Books and the authors via Netgalley. My review is voluntary.