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Wilma Unlimited

Wilma Unlimited | Little Lit Book Series

@sunlitpages is sharing one of the most moving and inspiring true stories she’s ever read for April’s theme of #sports.

Wilma Rulolph was born in 1940, the 19th of 22 children. At the age of five, she contracted polio, which twisted her legs and brought her spunky spirit to an abrupt halt. But Wilma was determined. Not only did she eventually abandon her heavy metal brace, she went on to become a star player on her high school basketball team AND she won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics for track events. This book brings me to tears every time I read it, and I'll be surprised if it doesn't do the same for you.

Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman was written by Kathleen Krull, illustrated by David Diaz and published by HMH Books for Young Readers.



Ella Minnow Pea

Ella Minnow Pea | Little Lit Book Series

@sunlitpages shares a middle grade novel with an intriguing premise for this month’s theme of words and wordplay:

Have you ever thought about how difficult it would be to communicate if you weren't allowed to use some of the letters of the alphabet? But on the small island of Nollop, that's exactly what happens.

In this epistolary middle grade novel, Ella Minnow Pea finds herself in an increasingly difficult predicament. The island of Nollop was founded upon the pangram, "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog," which contains all 26 letters of the alphabet. This phrase has been memorialized on a statue in the city square. However, it's been there a long time, and consequently, the letters are beginning to fall off. As each one falls, rather than replace it, the city council forbids its use from that point on.

Since the novel is written as a series of epistles, this means those alphabet letters not only disappear on the island, but from the book as well, and Ella must get increasingly creative in order to communicate.

I found this to be a delightfully different story that made me consider the value of each letter of the alphabet and also helped me feel more grateful that I have all 26 letters at my disposal.

Ella Minnow Pea was written by Mark Dunn and published by Anchor.



Sarah Gives Thanks

Sarah Gives Thanks | Little Lit Book Series

A book on the history of Thanksgiving as a holiday from @sunlitpages:

Our Thanksgiving book collection is woefully small compared to our Halloween and Christmas collections. Part of the problem, of course, is just that there aren't as many Thanksgiving books out there to choose from as for the other holidays. But I'm doing my best to add the truly exceptional ones, and this is one of the ones I purchased this year. It tells the true story of Sarah Josepha Hale, a feisty, determined woman who thought Thanksgiving should be a national holiday. And after 36 years of pestering the right people, she finally got her wish in 1863. Thanks to her, Americans have celebrated Thanksgiving ever since! P.S. Some of you are probably familiar with THANK YOU, SARAH, another picture book about Sarah Hale and the one that seems to get more attention. But this one is definitely worth checking out, too.

Sarah Gives Thanks: How Thanksgiving Became a National Holiday was written by Mike Allegra, illustrated by David Gardner and published by Albert Whitman & Company.