Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner [NOOK Book]

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An inspiring story of the first American female athlete to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games shares her triumphs over childhood illnesses to become a high school basketball player. A Childhood Of Famous Americans title.
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Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner

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Overview

An inspiring story of the first American female athlete to win three gold medals at a single Olympic Games shares her triumphs over childhood illnesses to become a high school basketball player. A Childhood Of Famous Americans title.
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Children's Literature
In awkward, clumsy prose, Jo Harper relates the life story of a significant figure in both sports and African-American history, Wilma Rudolph. Born in Clarkesville, Tennessee, Wilma Rudolph would set world records in women's track while still in high school. During her high school career, she would also compete in the 1956 Olympics, earning a bronze medal. While in college, Rudolph would become the first American woman to win three gold medals when she participated in Rome's 1960 Olympics. Struggling to balance her athletics, family, and education throughout much of her life, Rudolph died of a brain tumor in 1994. Commendably, the work also focuses on the runner's confrontation with racial issues as this theme continually revisited her life. The author also takes care to focus on the significance of hard work and determination despite personality conflicts with mentors. Despite Harper's tendency toward inelegant and somewhat condescending writing, this work captures the life and triumphs of an American sports hero who deserves to be better remembered. 2004, Simon & Schuster, Ages 8 to 12.
—K. C. Manus
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781439113332
  • Publisher: Aladdin
  • Publication date: 5/11/2010
  • Series: Childhood of Famous Americans
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 204,292
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 5 MB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2012

    Wonderful

    This was a great book of amazing accomplishments

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2004

    The Life of Wilma Rudolph

    The reason I gave these five stars was becuase this book was excellent. I feel really sorry that she had polio, scarlet fever, whooping cough, chicken pox, measles, and double pneumonia. She was very brave fighting all those sicknesses. If I was her, I would probably die. She won 1st place in the olympics. She died from brain cancer at the age of 54, of November 12,1994.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Bookworm 28

    I have not read this book, but i know a lot about her. I feel so bad because she went through alot. It also inspires me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2013

    Gooooooood boooooook

    Nice one .....inspiring story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    Woohhooo

    Read genises 1:1 its the best
    God created the heavens and the earth

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Wilma

    I think this book is great and 5 stars because it really helps you understand all of her sicknesses like polio mumps measels and more and all she had to go through back then. A suprising result is that she became a gold medal olympic runner! Its so sad that she died of another sickness: brain cancer at only 54 years old. If you want more info buy the book and read it!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    I feel bad

    This girl has been threw aa lot , i feel so bad .

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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