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Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Track Star

Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Track Star

by Lee Engfer, Cynthia Martin (Illustrator), Anne Timmons (Illustrator)

A biography on the life of Wilma Rudolph, hero of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Written in graphic-novel format.


A biography on the life of Wilma Rudolph, hero of the 1960 Rome Olympics. Written in graphic-novel format.

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Children's Literature
Wilma Rudolph is in one defining word, inspiring. Born a month early to a large family of hard workers, she contracted many illnesses as a child, including polio. Despite her physical challenges, late entry into formal schooling, and a segregated community, Wilma blossomed into an excellent basketball player and runner. She became a two time Olympic medalist and was considered the fastest woman in the world. Written at a third grade readability level, this graphic book from the "Nonfiction Graphic History and Biography Books" series is meant to hold the interest of third through ninth grade readers. It would prove to be an excellent supplemental text for history units that include topics, such as segregation, polio, Olympic medalists, racism, inspiring stories, influential women, and more. The graphic qualities of the book pique the interest of middle grade readers while still informing the reader of social and personal issues relevant to the life of a famous American woman. 2006, Capstone Press, Ages 9 up.
—Kimberly O'Meara

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Capstone Press
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Graphic Biographies Series
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Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.30(d)
GN560L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

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