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When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-08-07 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 5 user ratings
ISBN:0821422359
LANGUAGE:English

" 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.
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" 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.

""When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike" is a picture book biography for children ages 4-10. It tells the story of Emma Rowena Caldwell Gatewood, who was the first woman to walk the entire length of the Appalachian trail. The book is set in the 1950's but the setting is mostly in nature, as Grandma Gatewood was a devoted gardener, homemaker and hiker.

What I enjoyed about the book was learning about her home-life as well as her journeys on the Appalachian Trail. Her love of nature and walking, over cities and riding in cars, is emphasized. This gave her motivation to do the hike, though her main reason for attempting it was realizing that no woman had ever done it. And this is also clearly stated in the book, which is a good thing.

The illustrations are vivid, especially the one where she was attacked by a swarm of black flies. The illustrator used accurate portrayals of Appalachian scenery, wildlife and vegetation.

People who have read about Grandma Gatewood will be satisfied with this lovely adaptation for children, and it is informative enough to serve as an overview of her life for those who haven't. But what I like this book most is the thing it was (possibly) intended to do: it makes young minds curious to find out more about this inspiring woman who exemplifies American courage and tenacity.
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