The Inspiring Tale of Wilma Rudolph makes the claim of being for readers from one to hundred. This is a very bold claim, one that this book surprisingly delivers on.
The book is a picture book that is 51 pages long. Each page has four lines of text and utilizes an A,A,B,B rhyming technique. This means the first and second lines rhyme together and the third and fourth lines rhyme together. If you have read my other reviews then you know that I am not a huge fan of rhyming. It is often not pulled off well. Random words are added to satisfy the rhyming sequence, and even the order of information can be altered. Rhyming just is not worth it. It is no exception in this book. The rhyming sequence did nothing to add to the book. After the first few pages I just did my best to ignore it completely.
The pictures are colorful, but are more of a clip art collection with some pictures thrown in. I enjoyed that the book is different. It is very colorful, and the words are presented on wood panels to offset it from the backgrounds. I do wish that more actual pictures were included, it would have been a big asset to the book.
I picked the book on Wilma Rudolph because I wanted to know more about her. I am happy to say that I now know a lot more about her. The book is full of content that was interesting to me as an adult, but I still fill it would be appropriate for a child. That is a hard combination to reach, but Locker did reach it. I found out many aspects of Rudolph's life from her childhood, her professional career as an olympian, and even after she retired. It is amazing what she overcame to get where she did. I really wish that there was a bit more on the fact that she was an african american women athlete in a time when there was still segregation. It was touched on, but only briefly.
As an adult this series is a great way to get a brief overview of someone's life. I could see this series being a great edition to a home library to give children information about a wide variety of individuals. However, the books will stand alone if you want to buy one for someone your child is interested in knowing more about.
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