Bibliographic Information: Krull, K., & Diaz, D. (2000). Wilma unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph became the world’s fastest woman. San Diego, CA: Harcourt, Inc.
Brief Annotation: A brief picture book biography of Wilma Rudolph, who overcame polio and discrimination to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.
Genre: Historical Fiction/Nonfiction
Grade Level: 1st-3rd
Readers who will like this: Readers who enjoy running; readers who enjoy stories featuring strong female characters; readers who enjoy books about overcoming adversity.
Rating/Response: 4.5; I absolutely adored the story, but I found the writing to be a bit choppy and dry. The illustrations, however, were lovely, somehow managing to capture the essence of speed. This book made me frustrated with history as it is currently taught, as I had never heard of Wilma Rudolph prior to reading this book. After one reading, I am a huge fan. I think if history classes focused more on the stories of extraordinary individuals, such as Rudolph, more students would find it easy to actively engage in the subject matter.
One question you would ask before a read aloud: In this true story, the main character works very hard, and is eventually able to do something that no one thought she could do. What is something that was hard for you, but you worked very hard at until you could do it?