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 Unbeatable Betty : the first female Olympic track & field gold medalist
 Author: Kimmel, Allison Crotzer

 Publisher:  Harper (2020)

 Dewey: 796.42
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: [31] p., col. ill., 23 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 518297 ISBN: 9780062896070
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Robinson, Betty, -- 1911-1999
 Runners (Sports) -- Biography
 Women Olympic athletes -- Biography
 Women athletes -- Biography
 Track and field

Price: $22.58

A picture book biography of Betty Robinson, the first female gold medalist in track and field in the 1928 Olympics.

 Illustrator: Stone, Joanie
Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 4.30
   Points: .5   Quiz: 516962

   Kirkus Reviews (03/15/20)
   School Library Journal (04/01/20)
   Booklist (04/15/20)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 Gr 1–5—Long before Wilma Rudolph or Florence Griffith Joyner, there was Betty Robinson, the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field. Born in Riverdale, IL, in 1911, she was only 16 when she won the gold in Amsterdam for the 100-yard dash. America celebrated their smiling "Golden Girl" with parades and accolades, but while training for the 1932 Olympics, a biplane crash left the athlete in a coma with a crushed left leg. Even after she began to heal, one leg was shorter than the other, and the doctors said she would never walk again. The gold medalist was determined not only to walk but to run again. She eventually competed in the 1936 Olympics and won another gold with her relay team, defeating the confident German team the same year that Jesse Owens won four gold medals. The digital illustrations reflect the clothing and technology of the period. One particularly poignant spread shows the injured athlete pushing herself to stand from her wheelchair, use crutches, a cane, and then finally her own two legs to run. Another shows Robinson and her teammates looking apprehensively at their German counterparts with the Nazi flag waving in the foreground. VERDICT A great choice for women's history lesson plans, gym teachers, or to teach the character trait of determination. Pair with Kathleen Krull's Wilma Unlimited or Pat Zietlow Miller's The Quickest Kid in Clarksville for a dashing good time.—Barbara Auerbach, Cairo Public Library, NY - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

School Library Journal - 04/01/2020 - Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 04/15/2020 This appealing picture book introduces the youngest 100-meter-race champion in Olympic history. In 1928, an Illinois high-school track coach watched Betty Robinson running to catch a train and recruited her for the boys’ track team. Aiming to show that women weren’t “too weak for track,” the 16-year-old athlete ran in the 1928 Amsterdam Olympics, becoming the first woman to win gold in track and field. After her leg was crushed in a 1931 plane crash, doctors said she would never walk again. She disagreed, persevered, and won gold again at the storied 1936 Olympics in Berlin. One paragraph describing Robinson’s feelings as her first 100-meter race at the 1928 Olympics was about to begin includes the sentence “Running had made her toenails fall off” with no explanation and little context. Otherwise, the text flows well as it tells this heartening story of grit, determination, and lasting achievement. Using color and texture well, the nicely composed digital illustrations convey a sense of athletic grace that enhances the inspiring story. - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

Booklist - 04/15/2020 - Copyright 2020 Booklist.

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