A biography of the African-American woman who overcame crippling polio as a child to become the first woman to win three gold medals in track in a single Olympics.
What an amazing story! Stories like this are very inspiring. I am very awe struck at her determination to persevere amidst her disease. Many would have succumbed to it and perhaps tried to rest until it healed. Not Wilma. She proved others wrong as she braved the pain and exercised her leg until she could use it as she wanted to. Not only could she walk again, but went to the Olympics!
David Diaz has illustrated numerous award-winning books for children, including <i>Smoky Night</i> by Eve Bunting, for which he was awarded the Caldecott Medal; <i>The Wanderer</i> by Sharon Creech, which received a Newbery Honor; and <i>Diego: Bigger Than Life</i> by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand, a Pura Belpré Honor Award winner. An illustrator and graphic designer for more than twenty-five years, he is also a painter and an accomplished ceramic artist. Mr. Diaz lives in Carlsbad, California.