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This book tells the story of Bobbi Gibb and the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. The officials wouldn't let her register, and so she decided to run unofficially to prove that women were indeed physiologically capable of running 26.2 miles. In today's world, such ignorance seems preposterous, but this just shows how far we've come.
I was moved to tears by Ms. Pimentel's text that captured Bobbi's love for running, and her determination to prove that women can do more than people care to believe. And Ms. Archer's illustrations added to the beauty of the story as well as the emotion. I highly recommend this book to anyone, but especially for those wanting to learn about women's struggle to be seen, heard, and understood.
This is an awesome book! It is a great story told very well. The drawings are amazing as well. I actually bought this for a girlfriend of mine who is running in the Boston Marathon coming up. It would also be great for any kids that are interested in running or that you want to get interested in running. It’s hard to believe sometimes that there actually has been a lot of change in perceptions of what women can do; this story was just 50 years ago!
What Bobbi Gibb wants most is to run. But she's a girl in the 1950s and 1960s America. And girls don't run. Bobbi doesn't care; she runs, even running across the country in nurse's shoes. This is the amazing story of how Bobbi Gibb became the first female to run the entire Boston Marathon by breaking the rules and opening the door for future women marathon runners. A beautifully written and illustrated picture book biography that will certainly inspire readers.
Annette has written another wonderful book, that is both visually, intellectually and emotionally engaging to its readers! I am an elementary school librarian and my students loved listening to Girl Running! The story runs smoothly and is paced like a good race, with amazing illustrations that will leave both children and adults in awe! We loved Mountain Chef too- which I read to my students in grades 2 through 4. Girl Running would be suitable for students as young as Kindergarten and upwards. One of our teachers bought one for her boyfriend and his mom that just ran the Boston Marathon too!
This beautiful book by Annette Bay Pimentel and illustrated by Micha Archer, is the true story of the first girl to run the Boston Marathon. Women were not allowed to register for the Boston Marathon in 1966. It wasn't believed they could run the 26.2 mile distance. But Bobbi Gibb knew she could do it! She ran the race unregistered for three years in a row. Follow Bobbi as she trains across the country, often in nursing shoes, through gorgeously illustrated pages and fascinating text. The Boston Marathon (first event in 1897) finally allowed women to register for the race for the first time in 1972. Bobbi Gibb inspired and paved the way for future woman marathoners. GIRL RUNNING is a delightful commemoration of her accomplishments.