The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee tells the story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Bobbi loved to run and dreamed of running the marathon, but at the time no woman was allowed to run a race farther than 1.5 miles. The overall opinion was that women couldn't run that far, that they would get hurt, and that it was unladylike. Even Bobbi's parents were against the idea. But Bobbi didn't give up on her dream. She dressed like a man in order to gain entrance to the race. She finished the marathon opening up access for other women to run. It is an inspiring story and a great picture book to share during Women's History Month
Recommended Age: 5-9
Lourdes - 9 stars. I like how Bobbi persevered in her running and in her strength. I like to run and can definitely run more than 1.5 miles. We've already walked and ran 2 miles.
Sabine - 9 stars. I like how Bobbi never gave up on her dreams. I didn't like at the beginning that her parents didn't let her run. But I liked at the end how her mom took her to the starting line.
Finnegan - I give this book 7 stars because I liked how Bobbi never gave up and didn't listen to her parents ... even though they were her parents. But I docked it 3 stars because I didn't think it went into depth about what she did after the race. It just said she kept running. I would have liked to learn more. I think people would like this book because it is weird to learn about what people thought at the time about women not being able to run that far. I run cross country and 1.5 miles is so short. It is weird that they thought women could only run that far.