Little People, BIG DREAMS: Wilma Rudolph
- By Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
- Illustrated by Amelia Flower
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Ages: 4-7 years
- Grades: preschool-2
From the critically acclaimed Little People, BIG DREAMS series, discover the life of Wilma Rudolph, the remarkable sprinter and Olympic champion.
Wilma was born into a family with 22 brothers and sisters, in the segregated South. She contracted polio in her early years and her doctors said she would never walk again. Persisting with her treatment, Wilma recovered her strength by the age of 12. At school, Wilma showed a talent for basketball and sprinting, earning the nickname "Skeeter" (mosquito) because she ran so fast. Wilma was in college when she went to the 1960 Olympics. She not only won gold in her sprint events, but she also broke world records with her sprinting skill. She had beaten polio to become an Olympic champion. Wilma Rudolph is a huge inspiration to many women in sports around the world. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the athlete's life.