Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World's Fastest Woman

by Kathleen Krull and David Diaz

Wilma Rudolph defied the odds to win three gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics... read more

Wilma Rudolph defied the odds to win three gold medals at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, a record for American women. Rudolph's Olympic achievement resulted from incredible determination, and in this strikingly illustrated picture book biography, she is profiled as an individual of remarkable energy and fortitude from the time she was a small girl. Disabled by polio as a child, it was thought that Wilma Rudolph would never walk again, let alone run her way into the history books. With bold full-color illustrations set against intriguing sepia-toned photographs depicting the text's background elements, artist David Diaz captures Rudolph's spirit, power and pride, as well as the loving, supportive African-American family and community in which she was raised. Author Kathleen Krull grounds the story with details of Rudolph's family life, her wishes and dreams, and the times in which she lived, so that the athlete's extraordinary accomplishments never overwhelm the human story that is at the heart of the book. Honor Book, 1996 CCBC Caldecott Award Discussion (Ages 5-10)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1996

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