The Girl Who Ran….

The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poletti & Kristina Yee
Illustrated by Susanna Champan
Genre: Children’s, history
Publisher: Compendium Inc
Date: June 13, 2017
Reviewed by: Lori Twichell
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

Bobbi Gibb was the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. It really seems like that should be a really, really really long time ago, but it was only in 1966. Seriously, people believed a woman couldn’t possibly run that distance? It’s hard for me to even comprehend so I can’t imagine what my kids and these upcoming generations don’t understand. That’s why it’s so important to be sure that the stories are shared.

Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee have written a gorgeous book about Bobbi’s triumph in running the marathon. (Though the story isn’t fiction, this is a children’s version of the account and it’s so gorgeous, we broke our fiction only rule for this one!)

With full color illustrations, these women tackle the story of a young girl who is determined to do something that has never been done before. As an adult, I want to know what all happened after she finished the race. I want to know more about her relationship with her dad. Did the men who helped her along the way keep in touch?

But this is the perfect story to introduce a child to an era, a woman, and an event in history. Bobbi Gibb stepped forward and did something amazing in 1966, paving the way for other women to join in after her. This book is one that should be in classrooms and libraries around the country, but also in the collections of anyone who loves history.

19 Apr 1966 — Roberta Bingay rests her feet after finishing 124th in the Boston Marathon. She ran unofficially as women are not allowed to participate in the race. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

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