Publisher: Undercats Inc
Number of pages: 44
Dimensions: 279 x 215 mm
"A great introduction to an accomplished athlete that also showcases a non-traditional family; this work will empower kids." - School Library Journal
"I was delighted to receive an advanced copy of 'Fastest woman on Earth' from Francesca Cavallo and Undercats Media because as a disabled athlete it looked like exactly the children's book I wish I had read when I was growing up. And it certainly didn't disappoint.
As soon as I read the beautiful yet simplistic dedication on the first page, "to the kids and grown ups who do things their own way", I knew that this book would capture the realities of living with a disability in the world of athletics while breaking stigmas, stereotypes, and rebutting ableist assumptions- exactly what we should be reading with our children.
Not only does this book provide much needed representation of disabilities, it also normalises the idea that families can come in all shapes and sizes as the protagonist grows up without her biological parents, before being adopted by a lesbian couple.
This amazing story, based on the life of Tatyana McFadden, is accompanied by the stunning illustrations of Luis San Vincente and a page allowing disabled readers to award themselves five medals for doing something their own way - lovely concept.
My pet peeve with books for young children is the accessibility of language as many writers often use vocabulary far too complex or give little consideration to how literature has the potential to aid linguistic development. I can happily say this was not an issue with Cavallo's book.
It is simply perfect." - Em Belmore; Journalist
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