Multicultural Children's Book Day 2022
By Kim Childress
This historical picture book based on a true story, has crossover for older readers, powerfully shares the true story of Lis Hartel, a woman of many “firsts,” including the first woman with a disability ever to win an Olympic medal, and the first woman to stand equally beside men on the Olympic winners’ podium—in any sport.
As a child, Lis Hartel was a rising equestrian star, until her dreams were shattered when she was diagnosed with polio. She was told she would never walk again, let alone ride. Though she never regained full use of her arms and legs, with determination and resilience, and with the help of a “second-rate” horse, she proved her doctors wrong. Not only did she ride, she and Jubilee “danced” their way to a silver Olympic medal—at a time when women were not permitted to compete in the Olympics.
In addition to the determination of the female spirit and demonstration of how far women have come, this book beautifully shows the power of the human-animal bond. Not only for lovers of horses, but lovers of animals of all kinds will deeply connect with this book. Similar to the deep connection developed and shared between Lis and her horse, Jubilee.
And another first, Lisa opened the first riding center for people with disabilities. Soon the benefits of riding were recognzied by the edical community and became a form of physical therapy now called "hippo-therapy." Never before had anyone imagined that animals could help people in this way.
With themes of disability, special needs, illness, this book has considerable classroom potential, would be excellent for homeschooling, and deserves a place in every elementary school library. Highly recommended! #ReadYourWorld2022
Now in its 9th year, MCBD is a non-profit children’s literacy initiative with a mission to raise awareness of the need celebrate diversity in kids' books. was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on multicultural books and authors while also working to get more of these books into the hands of young readers and educators.
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