Writer: Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, illustrated by Amelia Flower
Publishing House: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books
Date of Publication: June 4th 2019
Rating: 5 stars
‘’Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us. ‘’
On June 23, 1940, a beautiful baby girl was the new arrival in a family of 22 siblings, Tennessee. At the age of four, she contracted polio, one of the most terrible diseases at the time, and it was thought unlikely that she would ever walk again without a brace. But the girl’s mother was a strong, determined woman who didn’t lose courage and the young girl was never afraid. She loved gazelles and decided that one day, she would run faster than them.
‘’My doctor told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother.’’
The girl was in the safe arms of a loving family. The years went by and by the age of nine, the young girl didn’t need her brace. She could walk. She could run like a wind. Like a gazelle. She led her basketball team to the state championship and won the bronze medal in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956, running the 400- metre relay. Nothing would ever stop her. Four years later, in Rome, in the Olympics that changed the world, she became the first woman to win three gold medals. Back home, people of all colours joined the celebrations. The fastest woman in the world showed that all we need is the undying belief in ourselves. She became an inspiration for unity, strength and determination.
‘’Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.’’
Her name was Wilma Rudolph.
‘’I believe in me more than anything in this world.’’
Many thanks to Frances Lincoln Children’s Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.