The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison. 2016. Watercolor.

Brief summary: Alta is a fast runner despite the many holes in her shoes who worships Wilma Rudolph and can’t wait to see her idol in a parade through the streets of Clarksville, Tennesse. Charmaine, a new girl with new tennis shoes, figures out a way all four girls could carry the large banner by mimicking the Olympic relay and “can do” attitude with teamwork.  They are thrilled to see the fastest woman in the world who won the summer Olympic Games in Rome, Italy.

Comments: The author’s notes in back include a photo of Wilma Rudolph. This story is an inspiration to those who are reaching a goal and need grit. The athlete had polio as a child and kept pushing herself until she became the fastest.

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