Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman1996 Picture Books
Ages: 6 - 10 yrs.
Author: Kathleen Krull
Illustrator: David Diaz
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:Kathleen Krull's story of Wilma Rudolph's transformation, from a child stricken with polio to a sprinter at the Rome Olympics, has power and grace in direct ratio to the real woman. The reader is caught and held transfixed from Krull's first sentence ("No one expected such a tiny girl to have a first birthday") and David Diaz's first sinewy picture, of Wilma's large family (she had nineteen older brothers and sisters) crowded into the frame with her pink birthday cake. Text and pictures move together, leaving readers breathless.
John Cech ©1996 Parents' Choice
John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He is the author of a number of children's books and, most recently, of Angels and Wild Things, a scholarly study of the works of Maurice Sendak. (1996 bio)
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