Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) by Jo Harper, Meryl Henderson |, NOOK Book (eBook) | Barnes & Noble
Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner

Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner

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by Jo Harper, Meryl Henderson
     
 

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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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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439113332
Publisher:
Aladdin
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Series:
Childhood of Famous Americans
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
503,977
File size:
5 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Runner (Childhood of Famous Americans Series) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book of amazing accomplishments
Anonymous 3 months ago
I only read the sample and so far i love it100%
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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice one .....inspiring story
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This girl has been threw aa lot , i feel so bad .