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“Girls weren’t supposed to sweat. Girls weren’t supposed to compete. They were too weak, too fragile, for sports. That’s what most people thought. But not Kathrine.” (page 3)
Sweat. Compete. Not too weak. Not too fragile for sports. Kathrine Switzer would change most people’s thoughts on this as she determinedly pursued her right to run – in school, in college, in the 1967 Boston Marathon (when they tried to throw her out of the race) and beyond.
Chaffee’s text would read aloud easily and Rooney’s pictures are brilliantly colored, with vivid images of Switzer and the obstacles she faced—developing her endurance as a runner and convincing others that women can run long distances too. Highly recommend reading aloud in kindergarten through third and book talking for any elementary age to pick up and read on their own.
Chaffee has written this book with a clear audience of young readers/listeners in mind. She begins with “PAT-PAT-PAT” and a description of young Kathrine running laps, sweating in the hot summer sun, and marking a tree with a piece of chalk every time she passes by. At key points in the story, Chaffee has chosen key events to describe in detail. She inserts a version of the refrain “Girls weren’t supposed to sweat. Girls weren’t supposed to… That’s what most people thought” as a signal to our students that Switzer was persistent and determined; in a way that says to the reader, “heads up” because Switzer is going to do something else in pursuit of being allowed to compete and, as a result, changing the world's perspective on this issue.
This is such an empowering book for young girls and teaches young boys about equal rights. I am a marathoner myself, and have twin boys. When reading this book to them, they ask so many questions about why girls were not supposed to run, and they follow up with "you run all the time". "I can't believe that girls were not supposed too." This book is a must read for all young children. This will help teach your child to never give up on their dreams, and to go after any goals they have despite what others say or think. Kim Chaffee did an outstanding job sharing Katherine Switzer's story! This book really keeps children engaged and you can see their wheels spinning while learning about equal rights. A truly inspiring and empowering read!
Her Fearless Run tells the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to officially run the Boston Marathon. Kathrine loved to run, even though most people of her time believed women were incapable of long distance running. Young readers will be inspired to follow their dreams after reading Kathrine's story. Ellen Rooney's gorgeous illustrations complement the text perfectly. A must have for any classroom or library.
I loved sharing this book with my first grade students and discussing why she was not allowed in the race, and if that was fair. All of the students really realized around her and loved hearing her story. I loved that many of the illustrations are straight from actual photographs, and my students enjoyed comparing them. I found a video interview with Katherine that we enjoyed watching, but it does say the word “hell” so you have to be careful sharing that one!
A skillfully told tale of perseverance and inner (and outer) strength, HER FEARLESS RUN is an uplifting book that had me cheering from page one. The emotion-filled yet approachable illustrations complement the text beautifully, bringing an extra depth to the story. This book is perfect for the classroom and home and is sure to inspire kids (and adults) to go for what they want to accomplish.
I love, love, love this book. Growing up in a family of all girls, we were always looking for girls to succeed in things they were told they couldn't/shouldn't do. This book about Katherine Switzer would have been a perfect book for all of us and is a book that everyone should read. Katherine was determined and the author's active narrative matches that determination. The illustrations are beautiful, too. I can't recommend this book enough!
I'm completely in awe of Kim Chaffee's beautifully written book, the gorgeous art by EllenRooney and of Kathrine Switzer's fabulous story. Such an amazing role model! All the emotions are there, excitement, fear, anger, but then... wow what a happy ending! Makes me want to (really) start running!
This inspirational true story about Kathrine Switzer is exceptionally well written and bursting with heart. It's a perfect pairing of story, style, and gorgeous illustrations, with a real life character kids will care about and a rewarding finish sure to inspire boys and girls alike, even those who aren't familiar with Switzer's story.
Kids love picture book biographies and this book will be an excellent addition to school libraries. Boys and girls will be inspired by Kathryn Switzer's journey and Kim Chaffee's energetic text and beautiful illustrations.