Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston marathon by Pimentel - ADVISABLE

Pimentel, Annette Bay Girl Running: Bobbi Gibb and the Boston marathon, illustrated by Micha Archer.  PICTURE BOOK.  Nancy Paulsen (Penguin), 2018.  $18

In 1966, the officials of the Boston Marathon were sure that no female could withstand the rigors of the race.  So when Bobbi Gibbs tried to register she was told no. But Bobbi wanted to show that she could, so she hid in the bushes near the start and ran anyway, finishing in the top third of the pack.  Bobbi broke the barrier for women to run long distances, even though women weren’t officially allowed to run until a few years later. 

I love that Bobbi is being recognized for her doing what she loved best – running.  This is the second picture book about Bobbi Gibbs in this last year.  I love Archer’s mixed media illustrations and the exuberance they display.  It’s a great way to show girls a pioneering woman who helped increase the world of choices they enjoy now.

EL, MS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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