She Persisted: Florence Griffith Joyner
by Rita Williams-Garcia & Chelsea Clinton art by Alexandra Boiger & Gillian Flint
Here's the amazing thing about her. She naturally runs like a gazelle.
Her body seems to traverse distances fluidly and effortlessly. And she is fast. So fast.
What do you give her for birthday gift? The answer is obvious: a biography of Florence Griffith Joyner. This slim volume is part of She Persisted, a series for young readers chronicling the lives of women who have made a significant contribution to world events.
Williams-Garcia's narrative is chock full of fascinating details. As a child, Florence was called Dee Dee. The young girl chased jackrabbits near her home in the Mojave Desert. Later, she won one silver and three gold medals in the 1988 Olympics.
Bonus materials include an introduction by Chelsea Clinton, a list of references, and eight suggestions by the author on "How You Can Persist." Some suggestions are "Push yourself to try something new." "Make your own creations." and "Engage in some fun physical activity for at least fifteen minutes or more each day."
She Persisted: More Amazing Individuals
This series presents a variety of women who have made significant contributions to the fields of activism, education, government, literature, performing arts, research, science, and sports. Young Ruby Bridges and Malala are also profiled.
The 5.31 x 7.63 inch size fits neatly in a small hand. Brief chapters, and engaging illustrations make this an excellent choice for young readers.
Inspire a new generation with this collection of accessible biographies. Recommended for classroom, school and public libraries. Also an excellent resource for organizations that empower children.