Wilma Rudolph

From the Series On My Own Biography

  • 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
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction
Copyright 2000
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Brand On My Own Books
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2000-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.2
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007100, JNF007050, JNF007120
Dewey 796.42'092
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 490
Guided Reading Level N
ATOS Reading Level 3.8
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 47186
Accelerated Reader® Points 0.5
Features Afterword, Reviewed, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource



“Sherrow tells Rudolph’s inspiring story with simplicity and dignity, and Johnson’s paintings expressively portray the action and emotion implicit in the text. A fine addition to library collections, even those with other Rudolph biographies on the shelf.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Colorful illustrations are used throughout. . . The short sentences and plentiful illustrations will help make this biography accessible. . . readers will find this an inspiring story.”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Excellent, full-color drawings appear on every page. . .”
School Library Journal

Illustrator: Larry Johnson

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On My Own Biography

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