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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

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This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. “A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed.”—Publishers Weekly

A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.

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Overview

This is the dramatic and inspiring true story of runner Wilma Rudolph, who overcame childhood polio and eventually went on to win three gold medals in a single Olympics. “A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed.”—Publishers Weekly

A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.

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"Inspiring."—The New York Times Book Review

"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."--Publishers Weekly

From the Publisher
"Inspiring.—The New York Times Book Review
"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."—Publishers Weekly
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"No one expected such a tiny girl to have a first birthday," begins this inspiring biographical sketch of a legendary track stars. Born in 1940 in Tennessee, the chronically sickly though "lively" Rudolph contracted polio just before her fifth birthday. Though not expected to walk again, the fiercely determined girl persevered with her leg exercises; by the time she was 12, she no longer needed her steel brace. Eight years later, Rudolph represented the U.S. in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, where, despite a twisted ankle, she became the first American woman to win three gold medals during a single Olympic competition. Krull's (Lives of the Musicians) characteristic, conversational style serves her especially well here. Through her words the nearly superhuman Rudolph seems both personable and recognizable. Rendered in acrylic, watercolor and gouache, Caldecott Medalist Diaz's (Smoky Night) imposing, richly hued illustrations have a distinctive, cubist feel. The artist's bold design superimposes this art against sepia-toned photographs of relevant background images: playground sand, wooden fence slats, the gravel of a running track. This juxtaposition yields busy, effectively textured pages, flawed only by the text's curiously embellished font-the letters look as though they have been speckled with either ink blots or dust. A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed. Ages 7-12. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5An athlete's determined efforts to succeed against all odds. The dynamic artwork is as fluid and vivacious as Rudolph herself. June 1996
Kirkus Reviews
Only after reading this book does the subtitle—"How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman"—appear rife with understatement. In spite of a low birth weight and childhood bouts with scarlet fever and polio (the doctor said Wilma would never walk again) and after years of painful, relentless exercise, she not only walked, she ran: to college on scholarship, and to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to win three gold medals in the same games. Krull (Lives of the Artists, 1995, etc.) tells the inspiring tale in rolling, oratorical prose; Diaz, coming off his Caldecott-winning work for Eve Bunting's Smoky Night (1994) again lays stylized painted scenes over textured background photos—here, sepia-toned close-ups of fences, ivy, and bare footprints in loose dirt. Though a mannered, blotchy typeface (also Diaz's creation) gives the pages an overly designed look, the book as a whole is a dramatic commemoration of quite a heroic life. Rudolph died in 1994; her post-Olympic accomplishments are described in an afterword.
From the Publisher

"Inspiring."—The New York Times Book Review

"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."--Publishers Weekly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152020989
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 44
  • Sales rank: 83,629
  • Age range: 6 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: AD730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 10.96 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Krull has written much innovative nonfiction for young people, including all of the books in the Lives of . . . series, and has made a chatty, accessible approach to biography her hallmark. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her website at www.kathleenkrull.com.

David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including Smoky Night by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; The Wanderer by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and Diego: Bigger Than Life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.

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  • Posted April 4, 2009

    Biography showing how someone overcame obstacles.

    I actually did this lesson when I was being observed. My students were writing biographies and I did a mini-lesson on overcoming obstacles. Wilma overcomes may obstacles in her lifetime, so this book was a great example.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2006

    Wilma Rudolph a Great Athlete and Woman

    I thought this book was great! It only goes to show that you can do anything you want to do if you work hard and have faith that you can do it. I think Wilma Rudolph was a great role model for women and girls and the whole world. I hope to grow up and be as strong as Wilma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    HOW

    How Wilma did it was concentration and percerverence. If she can be someone who had polio then became the fastest woman in the world then you can do anything!

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