Wilma Rudolph

From the Series Yo solo: Biografías (On My Own Biographies)

  • Interest Level: Grade 2 - Grade 4
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

In 1946, six-year-old Wilma Rudolph dreamed of walking and playing like other children, but a sickness called polio had damaged her left leg. Wilma spent hours each week doing painful exercises at a hospital for African American patients. The rest of the time, she was forced to wear a heavy and cumbersome leg-brace. Still, Wilma never gave up. She knew she could walk again, and if she could walk, maybe she could run. Author Victoria Sherrow tells how Wilma Rudolph’s determination led her to the 1956 and 1960 Olympics where she gained fame as a champion runner. Larry Johnson’s rich illustrations help to capture this true story of heroic strength and fearlessness.

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Interest Level Grade 2 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Social Studies
Category Spanish-Language
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint ediciones Lerner
Language Spanish
Publication Date 2007-01-01
BISACS JNF007100, JNF007120
Dewey 796.42092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
ATOS Reading Level 4.7
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47186
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Afterword, Reviewed, and Timeline


The Horn Book Guide

“Accessible narratives, including anecdotes chosen for their kid appeal, introduce these important (and classroom-friendly) historical figures to young Spanish-language readers.”
The Horn Book Guide

Illustrator: Larry Johnson