Monday, February 15, 2016

This Librarian's Quick Picks: Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Miller book coverThe Quickest Kid in Clarksville
by Pat Zietlow Miller
illustrations by Frank Morrison
Chronicle Books (Feb. 9, 2016)
Historical fiction picture book


Growing up in the segregated town of Clarksville, Tennessee, in the 1960s, Alta's family cannot afford to buy her new sneakers--but she still plans to attend the parade celebrating her hero Wilma Rudolph's three Olympic gold medals. 

Why You'll Love It:
  • As a native Tennessean, I was thrilled when I came across this local little gem in our state's history. Using Olympic runner Wilma Rudolph’s 1960 homecoming parade as a backdrop, the story is a lively look at the rivalry between two of Wilma’s young fans—narrator Alta and Charmaine. 
  • Frank Morrison’s vibrant illustrations are expressive and charming. Elongated limbs and exaggerated movements put an emphasis on the girls’ athleticism.  
  • An author’s note provides further information about Wilma Rudolph’s life and accomplishments, as well as segregation in the South. Reading about Wilma’s insistence that her homecoming parade be integrated is inspiring.

historical fiction picture book Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Who Should Read It:

Great for grades K-2...and here's a link to some great discussion questions.

What Else You Should Read:

1 comment:

GatheringBooks said...

Oh this one looks like a delightful book - will have to see whether we have it in our library.

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