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Girls with Guts!

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Girls with Guts! by Debbie Gonzales
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May 14, 2019 | 32 Pages
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    May 14, 2019 | 32 Pages | 6-9 years

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    May 14, 2019 | 32 Pages | 6-9 years

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Gonzales describes the days when girls were discouraged from participating in sports, then introduces women who challenged society’s narrow expectations regarding girls’ athletics. After early nods to women excluded from the ancient and early modern Olympics, the text introduces a series of American women in sports, such as Gertrude Ederle swimming the English Channel in 1926 and Althea Gibson winning the French Open tennis tournament in 1956. Meanwhile, women marched for equal rights and congresswomen worked for new laws, culminating in Title IX, which created a more level playing field for girls and women in school sports. While the historical section of the text might challenge primary-grade children at times, a very accessible illustrated page opens and closes the book with these encouraging words, “Look at you … springing, / kicking, / dribbling / and pitching it down the pike. / Girl, you are amazing!” Created with acrylic, ink, and color pencils, the stylized artwork defines each historical period and maintains a buoyant tone throughout the book. A colorful, historical introduction to American women in sports.
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