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At only sixteen years old, Betty Robinson became the first female gold medalist in track and field in the 1928 Olympics and an overnight sensation. She was set for gold again and had her eyes on the 1932 Olympics.
Her plans changed forever when a horrible plane crash left her in a wheelchair, with one leg shorter than the other. But Betty didn’t let that stop her. In less than five years, she relearned how to stand, to walk, and finally to run again and try to taste gold once more in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
I received a copy of this picture book from Harper Collins Publishing in exchange for an honest review.
I love finding historical narratives about historical events that I have never studied. Before reading this book I had never studied the life and great accomplishments of Betty Robinson. I was amazed that at the young age of 16 Betty won her first gold medal. When she almost lost her life in a plane crash, her first thought was how quickly could she relearn to run. Her strength and determination would allow her to compete and win one last time. This is such an inspirational story that shows readers to never give up on their dreams. The illustrations by Joanie Stone draw readers into the historical period and make them feel apart of the story. The back of the book has more information about Betty Robinson and her amazing achievments in sports. This inspirational story is perfect for National Womens Month or any unit about sports in history. It shows readers that with hard work, dreams can come true.
Ages 5 and up
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