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The Girl Who Ran: Bobbi Gibb, the First Woman to Run the Boston Marathon

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When Bobbi Gibb saw the Boston Marathon her mind was set: she had to be a part of it. She trained hard, journeying across America to run on all kinds of terrain. But when the time came to apply for the marathon, she was refused entry. They told her girls don't run, girls can't run. That didn't stop Bobbi.

This picture book tells the true story of how she broke the rules in 1966 and how, one step at a time, her grit and determination changed the world. Created in collaboration with Bobbi Gibb and the perfect gift for would-be runners, kids of all ages, and everyone out there with a love of sport.

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"Poletti and Yee neatly evoke the joy some find in running, simply running. Gibb 'ran with her pack, going higher and higher, / the world whooshing by, like the wind in the fire.' Such couplets are found every few pages, the last four words the refrain. Readers gain a sense of the experience through Chapman's artwork, the light-footed energy of the watercolors slipping outside the pen's fine line, a veil of wind trailing behind Gibb. Halfway through the race her ruse is up. She is boiling in her hoodie and confides to a fellow marathoner, a black man, that she is afraid of ejection. 'We won't let anyone throw you out; it's a free road.' Well told and illustrated, Gibb's story speaks to not only women's fight for equality, but the power of community." -- Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 5 - 9
Author Kristina Yee, Frances Poletti
Illustrator Susanna Chapman
ISBN 1943200475
Publication Date Jun 13, 2017
Publisher Compendium Inc
Language English