Girl Running
The inspiring story of the first female to run the Boston Marathon comes to life in stunningly vivid collage illustrations.Because Bobbi Gibb is a girl, she's not allowed to run on her school's track team. But after school, no one can stop her--and she's free to run endless miles to her heart's content. She is told no yet again when she tries to enter the Boston Marathon in 1966, because the officials claim that it's a man's race and that women are just not capable of running such a long distance. So what does Bobbi do? She bravely sets out to prove the naysayers wrong and show the world just what a girl can do.

Girl Running Details

TitleGirl Running
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherNancy Paulsen Books
Rating
GenreBiography, Childrens, Picture Books, Nonfiction, Sports and Games, Sports, History, Feminism

Girl Running Review

  • Stephanie Tournas
    January 1, 1970
    This picture book biography is a welcome addition to the small body of literature for children on the topic of the Boston Marathon. I think it's important for kids to see that women's participation in the Marathon was unwelcome up until the 1970s. The present tense narrative makes the information feel immediate, as the reader learns how Bobbi loves to run, and trains herself, sometimes running 30 to 40 miles a day. That's a self-starter! There's no pity in the text, just admiration for how Bobbi This picture book biography is a welcome addition to the small body of literature for children on the topic of the Boston Marathon. I think it's important for kids to see that women's participation in the Marathon was unwelcome up until the 1970s. The present tense narrative makes the information feel immediate, as the reader learns how Bobbi loves to run, and trains herself, sometimes running 30 to 40 miles a day. That's a self-starter! There's no pity in the text, just admiration for how Bobbi tries to do what she loves. It's clear that only stereotypes of women are holding her back. The language is easy to read, and the bright colorful oil and collage art adds appeal. Notes and sources appear at the end.One note: on the pages showing runners going past Wellesley College, it looks like the runners are running west, not east. I may be mistaken, but I believe the direction should be switched.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    Bobbi Gibb who defied the odds both in enjoying running (when girls were "physiologically unable" to run as referenced by the Boston Marathon committee) when they refused to recognize her as a running in the marathon... for three years. She would lace up a pair of boys sneakers, because girl sneakers didn't exist, throw on a sweatshirt and run alongside (and beat) men in the 26.2 mile course. It wasn't for several years that they even validated that she ran and then women were allowed to compete Bobbi Gibb who defied the odds both in enjoying running (when girls were "physiologically unable" to run as referenced by the Boston Marathon committee) when they refused to recognize her as a running in the marathon... for three years. She would lace up a pair of boys sneakers, because girl sneakers didn't exist, throw on a sweatshirt and run alongside (and beat) men in the 26.2 mile course. It wasn't for several years that they even validated that she ran and then women were allowed to compete. It's a quiet story and wonderfully drawn with the last image her running along the path with names of other significant figures' names underneath. Go Bobbi, go! Get it, girl.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous illustrations. I was confused about Bobbi's age, though ... the first page made it seem like she was very young, and the next thing I knew she was driving herself cross-country. A quick Google search tells me she was 23 the first time she ran; the book made it seem like she was a teenager.
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  • Brenda Kahn
    January 1, 1970
    Inspirational picture book biography of the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. Beautiful textured illustrations. It's a tad confusing as to how old she was though. She appears to be a school girl in the beginning but there's no sense of the time passing. The afterword says she trained for two years and she was also married. A selected bibliography provides four suggestions: two websites and two books.
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  • Tanya
    January 1, 1970
    Picked this up for Read tonYour Child day—and we allloved it. I grew up with Title IX emerging and didn’t appreciate the difference it made in allowing me to participate in sports. I appreciate as an adult the women, such as Bobbi Gibbs who courageously bucked traditions and persisted to push the limits for women in sports. I learned something new too—that she trained in nursing shoes! Resourceful!
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about the first woman to run (illegally) in the Boston Marathon. Her story is very inspirational and easy to identify with, since we were brought up in a similar time - like she couldn't wear pants to school, or find athletic shoes made for women. The artwork is wonderful. I highly recommend this book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks, Penguin, for sending along the ARC. Quick and easy nonfiction picture book about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, even after being told that women weren't allowed to participate. Perfect girl power book! And I loved the timeline of the marathon with the elevation levels at the bottom of the pages....I
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    Picture book biography of Bobbi Gibb - the first woman to run in the Boston Marathon. The first race was run illegally since the organizers did not believe women could run distances. The story shares information about how she broke this barrier and inspired other women to run as well.
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  • Mary Librarian
    January 1, 1970
    Bobbi Gibb uses her hard work and determination to break the gender barrier and run the Boston Marathon. Collage illustrations are great.From advance reader copy.
  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting.
  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    Powerful and inspirational.F&G provided by publisher
  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    Well done picture book biography of the first woman to run the Boston Marathon.
  • Mary Ann
    January 1, 1970
    In 1966, Bobbi Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, even though the authorities would not recognize her efforts. Gibb runs “because it makes her feel free.” Despite the authorities’ rejection, she decides to run alongside the registered racers, determined to prove that the rules are wrong. An inspiring picture book biography of defying the odds.
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great story about the woman that first ran the Boston Marathon and how it, presumably, helped other women get into and be allowed to run the race as well.
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