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When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-10-04 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0821422359
LANGUAGE:English

" Well written; made me want to read more about her. " said.

" Never underestimate the vitality of a grandmother - this one hiked the Appalachian Trail in 1955 at age 67, in sneakers and a hand-sewn bag. " said.

" Inspiring story of a spunky older woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail. Good for talking to kids about perseverance and fulfilling your dreams, although some might lose interest because of the text-heavy narrative. " said.

" First woman to hike the Appalachian trail...at 67 in 1955. What a lady! " said.

"SUMMARY
When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike tells the true story of Emma Gatewood, the first woman to walk the Appalachian Trail. It accompanies her story of trial, error, and sheer willpower with soft, colorful illustrations dabbled with colloquial dialogue and narrative and descriptive words. The end of the book is cited with a photo of the real-life Emma Gatewood, pictured in 1955 at Sugarloaf Mountain in Maine, as well as a note form the author on both the overall theme of triumph in the face of impossibility, and the source notes.

RESPONSE
This story is spunky, just like Emma Gatewood herself. It tells of determination in the face of doubt by letting us into Gatewood’s thoughts. This is a work of nonfiction, while still dramatizing her inner thoughts based off of the source material used by the author. It reads as an entertaining and inspiring narrative for children. “‘I Did it. I said I’d do it, and I’ve done it!’” (n.p.) The message of this story is to continue on and push forward in your goals, even if you initially face failure and obstruction.
" said.

" A super cute and colorful biography that is based on the adult book, "Grandma Gatewood's Walk."The illustrations showcase a richness of color -- much like you'd see if you were hiking during the spring, summer, or fall.Excellent! " said.

" Senior power and "girl" power meet in this picture book biography of Emma Gatewood, who at 67 became the first woman to travel solo successfully across the Appalachian Trail in one fell swoop. After a false try that included a meet-up with "bitey" blackflies, broken spectacles, and getting lost, Grandma tried again. But she did it! This story will inspire readers to get up their gumption to accomplish goals. Good back matter, too. " said.

"I was afraid my 3rd graders would tap out on Grandma Gatewood because it has a lot of text. Boy, was I wrong!! They were riveted by this story. Was it because she was from Ohio? Was it because she told off a bobcat? Was it because she braved the black flies? Was it because she was bound and determined to complete her Appalachian Trial hike? Was it because they could understand the stamina it took to complete it? Yes to all of these things! Although this book didn't make it very far on our March Madness Bracket, the kids still found value in it, and learned about someone definitely worth knowing!" said.

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