The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville

Book - 2016
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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.
Publisher: San Francisco : Chronicle Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9781452129365
Branch Call Number: Ju E Mil
Additional Contributors: Morrison, Frank 1971-- Illustrator


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Nov 27, 2017

Ages 6-10. A new girl comes to town "like she owns the street." Issues of welcoming, poverty and if that makes you less, teamwork, first impressions, and forgiveness. Includes numerous references to Wilma Rudolph, who overcame many barriers to win 3 Olympic golds in track. References that her welcome home parade was the first integrated event in the town. Has some Tennessee slang/smooth way of speaking that I had to explain to my kids, but nothing offensive.

Jul 31, 2017

My 6- and 4-year-olds loved the lyrical rhythm in the book and enjoyed the pictures. They both love to race around the block, too. They appreciated learning about how things have changed (with regard to Civil Rights) since the time-period of this book. I liked the historical context provided at the end of the book.

Aug 01, 2016

Modern day girl who has confidence but yet not. She feels good about her running ability until another girl steps up to her with new shoes. The book talks about Wilma Rudolph who was an amazing runner when you start learning about her.


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