BOOK REVIEWS

Girl Running Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-02 
Review Score: 5 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:1101996684
LANGUAGE:English

"This picture book biography is a welcome addition to the small body of literature for children on the topic of the Boston Marathon. I think it's important for kids to see that women's participation in the Marathon was unwelcome up until the 1970s. The present tense narrative makes the information feel immediate, as the reader learns how Bobbi loves to run, and trains herself, sometimes running 30 to 40 miles a day. That's a self-starter! There's no pity in the text, just admiration for how Bobbi tries to do what she loves. It's clear that only stereotypes of women are holding her back. The language is easy to read, and the bright colorful oil and collage art adds appeal. Notes and sources appear at the end.

One note: on the pages showing runners going past Wellesley College, it looks like the runners are running west, not east. I may be mistaken, but I believe the direction should be switched.


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" In 1966, Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, even though the authorities would not recognize her efforts. Gibb runs “because it makes her feel free.” Despite the authorities’ rejection, she decides to run alongside the registered racers, determined to prove that the rules are wrong. An inspiring picture book biography of defying the odds. " said.

" Girl power! Brilliant illustrations. Loved how it showed that this was a process and not just a miracle. " said.

" This is an inspirational book about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with all the details that bring the story to life. " said.

" Beautiful illustrations & inspiring story, though like other reviewers, I wasn't sure how old Bobbi was supposed to be throughout the book. " said.

" Powerful and inspirational.F&G provided by publisher " said.

" Bobbi Gibb uses her hard work and determination to break the gender barrier and run the Boston Marathon. Collage illustrations are great.From advance reader copy. " said.

" Beautifully told story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. The illustrations highlight the joy she felt in running. The afterward fills in some blanks and gives further information about women marathoners. " said.

June 2018 New Book:

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