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

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

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Before Wilma Rudolph was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed, she'd run. And she did run—all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad. This dramatic and inspiring true story is illustrated in bold watercolor and acrylic paintings by Caldecott Medal-winning artist David Diaz.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780152020989
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 02/28/2000
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 44
Sales rank: 57,053
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.16(d)
Lexile: AD850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 7 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Krull  is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. Visit her online at 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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"Inspiring.—The New York Times Book Review
"A triumphant story, triumphantly relayed."—Publishers Weekly

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Wilma Unlimited 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Kathdavis54 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have no idea how, but I have never heard of Wilma Rudolph and her amazing story. Rudolph was a sickly child who eventually contracted polio. Through hard work she overcame the paralysis in her legs. Kathleen Krull simply, but beautifully tells Rudolph's story. Readers will be amazed at everything Rudolph was able to accomplish in her life.
nbmars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wilma Rudolph, born in 1940, got polio just before she turned five, and doctors did not expect her to walk ever again. She was determined to overcome her handicap, and worked incessantly at leg exercises. By age 20, she was representing 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. Her story, illustrated with bright colors in a cubist style, is one that will give you a whole new perspective on what can be done to overcome barriers, and yet another demonstration of true courage by a heroic young girl.
DayehSensei on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of the most inspiring stories I've ever read- and it's all true! This is a great book to read to students during Black History month, during a biography study, during a women's history study, or just anytime. Although there is a generous amount of text, it flows very well- like a storybook. The illustrations are vivid and compelling, especially the photographic "frame" images that surround each illustration. Wilma Rudolph herself is an inspiration to us all. I feel like I could use this book to teach lessons for a month-- the themes here can be tied to so many topics and the book is easy on the ears while being jam-packed full of facts.
mrcmyoung on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Excellent. This is the first I've heard of Wilma Rudolph, who overcame poverty, segregation and polio to become a record breaking Olympic medalist. Wilma shows us that we may be born with limits, but we don't have to accept them. Gorgeous illustrations over black and white photography. I loved two sections of the book where the pictures told the story without words, especially when Wilma walks down the aisle at church for the first time without her leg brace. I can't wait to share this book with students. Every year.
ssajj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a truly inspirational story about Wilma Randolph, who in her life faced many obstacles. Wilma put in a lot of effort in everything she did and never gave up when she was faced with a challenge. Even when Wilma becomes sick and is diagnosed with Polio and is told that she will never walk again, she still does not give up. Her hard work pays off: not only does Wilma walk again, she eventually wins three gold medals in the Olympics.
Sclarke23 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wilma Rudolph was an energetic young girl with nineteen brothers and sisters in clarksville, Tennesse. She would jump and run from a veery young age. she didn't let the fact that she had polio put her down.She set her mind that she will run one day even though her left leg is paralyzed but she did mmore than run, she goes to the olympics.i think that this book is very inspiring for young children. I'd have my class write about how this woman's life has inspired them.
conuly on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The illustrations are great. The font, though a little difficult to read, matches the pictures and is sure pretty. And the story is inspirational, I guess...Actually, tell the truth, it's a little *too* inspirational. To read this book, Wilma Randolph did nothing in her life but work hard to overcome stuff. Which is inspirational, sure... but she comes out seeming very hard to relate too. As I read about how she successfully overcame being a (poor, black) preemie, and successfully overcame being incredibly sickly, and successfully overcame polio, and successfully overcame racism and sexism (and the continuing effects of her disability)... I start to wonder, did Wilma Rudolph ever have a bad day? Did she never, like the rest of us humans, wake up in a miserable mood and want to crawl under the covers and let somebody else do the work? When she was a child and it hurt to do the exercises to learn to walk again, did she never throw a tantrum? When she was sitting on the sidelines at recess, did she never go home and whine to her mom about how unfair it all was?Oh, she probably did. But to read this book, you'd think all the limitations she overcame were external - disability and a heap of -isms, that she never had to overcome a grumpy mood or frustration or just plain old-fashioned PMS like us normal folk. It can be a little tiring to read, honestly - none of us is ever going to be as perfect as she's (unrealistically) depicted as being. I mean, look. Wilma strikes me as a fascinating individual. She did accomplish a lot - and winning the Olympics is an accomplishment in itself, even if you don't do it as an ex-polio kid with a twisted ankle. I just... I wish I could connect to her more as a real person when I read this book. Maybe it'll grow on me.
spytel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a highly inspirational book and an incredible story (one of those stories where if you didn't know that it was in fact a true story you wouldn't believe anyone could overcome so many obstacles.)From being a premature baby, to sickly youth, to polio-stricken child denied access to school and dealing with racism, to finally being a triple Gold-medal winner in the Olympics (with a swollen ankle), well, you get the idea.The illustrations are rich and colorful and dynamic. And I like the clever way that body copy was place over images reflective of the text on that page (a visual of the finish line when talking of winning an event, or a visual of a large wheel when discussing traveling miles to get to a hospital that accepted Blacks).I recommend this book, although I couldn't help visualizing Forest Gump breaking free of his polio braces and racing down the country road. "Run, Wilma, run!"
dnati on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wilma Rudolph overcomes many, many physical and other challenges throughout her life and eventually 's becomes the worldsfastest woman! This is a great story of perserverence and determination to be the best you can be.
ktextor on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Wilma was born into a family that loves her very much but they are very poor. She becomes sick with polio and was told she was never going to be able to walk. She wants to overcome that and she works hard to walk again. She ends up playing basketball in high school and her team made it all the way to the state game! Throughout life she ended up going to the Olympics and won 3 gold medals! This is a great story about overcoming the tough times when it comes to her family, getting sick as well as being a black woman. A great role model for any young girl.
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3rdgteacher More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!