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The Resource Her fearless run : Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon, by Kim Chaffee ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney

Her fearless run : Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon, by Kim Chaffee ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney

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Her fearless run : Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon
Title
Her fearless run
Title remainder
Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon
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by Kim Chaffee ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney
Title variation
Her fearless run
Title variation remainder
Kathrine Switzers historic Boston Marathon
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Language
eng
Summary
Kathrine Switzer changed the world of running. This narrative biography follows Kathrine from running laps as a girl in her backyard to becoming the first woman to run the Boston Marathon with official race numbers in 1967. Her inspirational true story is for anyone willing to challenge the rules. The compelling collage art adds to the kinetic action of the story. With tension and heart, this biography has the influential power to get readers into running. An excellent choice for sports fans, New Englanders, young dreamers, and competitive girls and boys alike
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OLA Best Bets, 2019
Review
  • Gr 3–5–Chaffee tells the story of Kathrine Switzer, the first registered female runner for the Boston Marathon. This picture book biography begins with her love of running as a child and progresses through her training for the 1967 Boston Marathon to the day of the actual race. Detailed mixed-media illustrations of onlookers showing their disapproval emphasize that Switzer's passion for running was seen as strange. Readers can practically see the wind rushing through her hair, and the resolve on her face is evident. Students will enjoy reading about this remarkable woman who was determined to prove that girls are just as capable as boys. VERDICT An empowering story that belongs in all picture book biography sections.—V. Lynn Christiansen, Wiley International Studies Magnet Elementary School, Raleigh, NC --V. Lynn Christiansen (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (School Library Journal, vol 65, issue 1, p79)
  • /* Starred Review */ Kathrine Switzer turned heads when she ran—doing laps around her yard at a time when girls weren’t supposed to sweat, competing with the boys’ track team in college, and, in 1967, as the first woman to officially complete the Boston Marathon. Chaffee’s effective telling of Switzer’s iconic story emphasizes persistence, ambition, and discipline—the “pat, pat, pat, pat” of the runner’s tread is a repeated refrain—but centers on her love of the sport: “She thought running was magic.” When she completes the marathon, eluding an attack by a race official, she is asked why she did it, and says, “I like to run. Women deserve to run too.” In Rooney’s bright, straightforward illustrations, mixed media renders dramatic moments small (cutting sneakers to accommodate training-swollen toes) and large (the rage-twisted face of the race official), amplifying the empowering message. Ages 8–11. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 03/25/2019) (Publishers Weekly, vol 266, issue 12, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as an officially registered runner, is highlighted in this debut for both author and illustrator. Each time she races past the tree in her backyard, 12-year-old Kathrine marks its trunk with chalk to record her laps. “One lap to go...just a few more feet...a few steps...1 MILE!” Though she’s proud of her accomplishment, other people stare or wonder if something is wrong, because girls aren’t supposed to sport. But for Kathrine, “running [is] magic.” As she grows up, she continues to challenge her physical limits. Yet despite her running prowess, society still believes women are “too weak, too fragile,” to compete. However, no rules bar women from running the Boston Marathon, so Switzer signs up for the race. As if training weren’t difficult enough, what Switzer encounters during the 26.2 miles will take more than passion and endurance for her to finish. Readers eager to chase down biographies that feel like stories will appreciate how this book achieves that expectation. Chaffee’s text balances thorough research with strong prose that breaks through the wall that stops some nonfiction in its tracks. Additionally, Rooney’s collagelike paint, paper, and pencil illustrations are rich in texture and vibrant in color, capturing both the motion of running and emotion of persevering. They include some people of color to background the mostly white primary cast. Fearless indeed. A biography that goes the distance! (author’s note, women and the Boston Marathon, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 6-12) (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2019)
Biography type
individual biography
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10767182
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DLC
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Chaffee, Kim
Dewey number
  • 796.42092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
Ages: 8 to 12
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 5
Nature of contents
bibliography
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Rooney, Ellen
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True
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  • Switzer, Kathrine
  • Boston Marathon
  • Switzer, Kathrine
  • Boston Marathon
  • Women runners
  • Marathon running
  • Marathon running
  • Women runners
  • United States
Target audience
juvenile
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Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon
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Her fearless run : Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon, by Kim Chaffee ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney
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Publication
Note
"Distributed by Macmillan"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1033634356
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781624146541
Lccn
2018021030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1033634356
Label
Her fearless run : Kathrine Switzer's historic Boston Marathon, by Kim Chaffee ; illustrated by Ellen Rooney
Publication
Note
"Distributed by Macmillan"--T.p. verso
Bibliography note
Includes bibliography
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
on1033634356
Dimensions
30 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9781624146541
Lccn
2018021030
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)1033634356

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