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The Resource The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman

The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman

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The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
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The girl who ran
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Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
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written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman
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  • eng
  • eng
Summary
"In 1966, the world believed it was impossible for a woman to run the Boston Marathon. Bobbi Gibb was determined to prove them wrong. She said she would do it, she wasn't a liar; she'd show them by running like the wind in the fire." -- back cover
Award
Amelia Bloomer List, 2018.
Review
  • Gr 3 Up—In this lively narrative, the authors recount the true story of Roberta "Bobbi" Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Growing up in the 1950s, young Gibb loved to run "into the woods, over the hills, through the fields and by streams." Years later, when she went to Boston to watch the marathon with her father, the young woman was enthralled and later resolved to enter the race. Despite her parents' objections ("Good girls don't run"), she began to train, traveling across the country to practice on different terrains. Her race application was rejected ("Women cannot run marathons"), but undaunted, Gibb disguised herself as a man and joined the runners at the starting line. As the miles flew by and the temperature rose, she had to shed her bulky sweatshirt and reveal her true identity. As she crossed the finish line, history was made. The story is accompanied by rhyming lines of verse that capture Gibb's unquenchable need to run. The old-fashioned charm of the softly colored retro illustrations reflects the essence and style of a bygone era. In a particularly appealing spread, Gibb runs by Wellesley College, buoyed by the support of the coeds. Their words of encouragement are printed above the scene in an eye-catching script. An appended biographical note and time line provide a brief history of the famous race. VERDICT Bobbi Gibb's unrelenting determination will resonate with readers of all ages who dream of accomplishing a seemingly unattainable goal. A pleasing addition to biography and sports collections.—Linda L. Walkins, Saint Joseph Preparatory High School, Boston --Linda L. Walkins (Reviewed 07/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 7, p102)
  • The authors behind Miss Todd and Her Wonderful Flying Machine present a tense and uplifting portrait of Bobbi Gibb, who snuck onto the course of the 1966 Boston Marathon and became the first woman to run the race. Chapman’s feathery watercolors are infused with a sense of motion: a fiery ribbon trails behind Gibbs as she races across the pages. Gibbs’s initial disappointment after being denied entry to the marathon is short-lived: disguised by a hooded sweatshirt, she sprints her way into history; a four-panel gatefold celebrates the moment she crosses the finish line. Closing notes and a timeline provide additional glimpses of Gibbs’s accomplishments on and off the track. Ages 5–10. (June) --Staff (Reviewed 06/05/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 23, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In cooperation with Gibb herself, Poletti and Yee tell the story of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, questioning authority with her feet.The Boston Marathon had been taking place for 70 years when Bobbi Gibb, a white woman, steps illegally to the starting line in 1966, a hoodie covering her hair. Her road there is strewn with the land mines of bias, everything from "So unladylike" to the official comments on the rejection to her application: "Women cannot run marathons. It's against the rules." Poletti and Yee neatly evoke the joy some find in running, simply running. Gibb "ran with her pack, going higher and higher, / the world whooshing by, like the wind in the fire." Such couplets are found every few pages, the last four words the refrain. Readers gain a sense of the experience through Chapman's artwork, the light-footed energy of the watercolors slipping outside the pen's fine line, a veil of wind trailing behind Gibb. Halfway through the race her ruse is up. She is boiling in her hoodie and confides to a fellow marathoner, a black man, that she is afraid of ejection. "We won't let anyone throw you out; it's a free road." Well-told and illustrated, Gibb's story speaks to not only women's fight for equality, but the power of community. (biographical note, timeline) (Picture book. 4-8)(Kirkus Reviews, May 15, 2017)
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10575643
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Poletti, Frances
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • 600L
  • Decoding demand: 76 (high)
  • Semantic demand: 84 (very high)
  • Syntactic demand: 87 (very high)
  • Structure demand: 87 (very high)
Intended audience source
  • Lexile
  • Lexile
Interest level
LG
Language note
Text in English
Literary form
non fiction
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  • 3
  • 12
Reading level
3.7
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  • Chapman, Susanna
  • Yee, Kristina
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True
Study program name
Accelerated Reader AR
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  • Gibb, Roberta Louise
  • Boston Marathon
  • Women runners
  • Marathon races
Target audience
pre adolescent
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Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon
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The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1822521
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
unpaged [approximately 39 pages, several folded out]
Isbn
9781943200474
Lccn
2016957182
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781943200474
  • (OCoLC)986238065
Label
The girl who ran : Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, written by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee ; illustrated by Susanna Chapman
Publication
Copyright
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
1822521
Dimensions
28 cm
Extent
unpaged [approximately 39 pages, several folded out]
Isbn
9781943200474
Lccn
2016957182
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781943200474
  • (OCoLC)986238065

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