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Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World''s Fastest Woman

By Kathleen Krull

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books; Reprint Edition (February, 2000)
ISBN: 0152020985
MY HERO recommends this book to children readers.
From the Publisher
Before Wilma was five years old, polio had paralyzed her left leg. Everyone said she would never walk again. But Wilma refused to believe it. Not only would she walk again, she vowed she'd run. And she did run--all the way to the Olympics, where she became the first American woman to earn three gold medals in a single olympiad.
User Reviews:
Robert Smith | 1/6/2014 10:09 AM
im in 7th grade, and i loved this book!
SARAH MATHESON | 12/7/2013 8:18 AM
awesome book
Evelyn | 2/8/2013 10:00 AM
I  think  Willma  Ruldolfe  is  a  champ . When  I  first  saw  her  video  I  was  about  to  cry  because  ive  never  saw  her  befor  and  I  was  shocked . I  love  to  search  about  Willma  Ruldolfe  now  because  we  just  learned  about  her  in  class  today  and  thats  just  sad  I  thought  in  my  heade  so  Willma  Ruldolfe  is  an  amazing  perso !!!
Morgan | 3/13/2012 12:49 PM
I am in four grade and I am doing a report on Wilma. I read her book and it taught me to never give up
Ahmad alkalis | 1/30/2012 10:42 AM
wilma unlimited was a very awesome book.
Cindy Potter | 2/28/2011 2:39 PM
I am in 4th grade and i am doing a report on her. I first read Wilma Unlimited in 1st grade. The book inspired me to be an athlete.
srhbfrdxhd | 2/19/2011 11:04 AM
im doing a project on wilma she is amazing
coco jones | 2/10/2011 10:55 AM
im doing a big project on her she is awesome
hamad qaed | 11/7/2010 2:55 AM
wilma is my hero and i am doing a project about her :)
Deja Wallace | 2/2/2010 7:08 AM
I love Wilma
Ashley Martinez | 1/27/2010 2:48 AM
she inspired me!!!!!!!!!!
valeria | 3/12/2009 10:36 AM
its so great
najad wey | 3/12/2009 3:49 AM
I read the book wilma rudolph i like this book but the main thing is she never gave up and she worked hard at every thing she did.
toontowncrazed | 1/28/2009 7:41 AM
where can i get this book?

Check with your local or school library.  If you would rather buy the book, you can purchase it from any of the major online bookstores.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

noelle | 10/19/2008 1:41 PM
we read it in school very cool
SARAH | 10/17/2008 3:19 PM
madison | 4/8/2008 2:36 AM
wilma thank you for running
alexis | 2/28/2008 10:32 AM
her book really inspired my to fulfill my dreame of being a track star when i was 6 years old i heard the doctor say i would never breath again without a machine but just like wilma i was determine to breath on my own so when i was at home in my room i ran and start breathing that is why still till this day she impoweres me.
evelyn jones 02/25/08 | 2/24/2008 11:19 PM
i'm a track runner and wilma rudolph is my role model she is best and i hope one day in life i will be  a good track runner like her
daniel | 2/19/2008 8:39 AM
Oh my I love wilma Rudolphs books. She is such a facinating woman/athlete she really helped me win 13 gold medals
Erica | 2/19/2008 7:45 AM
I am doing a report on Wilma Rudolph in literature class. We had to pick a person who we think has mad a difference in the world. I think Wilma Rudolph is an amazing woman! I also enjoy running, and I actually first read one of her books in 1st grade.  Anyway, she's a great woman and I want to be just like her!
Claire | 2/10/2008 1:00 AM
Wilma you are great!
emmanuella | 1/26/2008 1:22 AM
i'm a track runner and wilma is my role model for track it's because of her i won 3 gold medals she is the best and i love her books!
athena | 1/9/2008 10:31 PM
I can't beleve she became the worlds fastest woman in the world
Brenda Escareno | 1/9/2008 12:37 PM
i luv this book my lil sis liked it 2 bye love u sis!
Marian | 12/12/2007 1:08 PM
A great inspiration!!
Misty | 12/4/2007 6:58 AM
Wima is my favorite athlete and she is so inspiring.
Connor halmi | 9/14/2007 4:41 AM
it is a great book for kids.i think that it tells u never to give up,and tells that u can do anything u want to.
samone | 8/22/2007 12:39 AM
the book is amazing  all she did was belive in herself and her dreams came true
Ashley Trabue | 8/20/2007 2:32 AM
Wilma Roudoplh has inspired because she helped me to do your best in everything and to never give up.
Jolisa Hooper | 5/29/2007 9:28 AM
She's a great woman and role model!
JASMYNE | 4/26/2007 1:24 PM
Kaleb Mcvicker | 4/25/2007 3:48 AM
That was the best book ive ever read I learnd a alot about her just reading this book.
Jamie | 4/24/2007 8:30 AM
Wilma is very strong she was always looking for ways to help her leg!
chris | 4/4/2007 12:39 PM
this book is very good and i think people should read it!!!!!!
Luv wilma | 3/22/2007 9:41 AM
I am doing Wilma Rudolph on a project and i'm reading about her. I think she is the best African American.I love to read this book it's a great story to learn from.I can't beleve that she won three gold medals!She is the  best african american!!!
sammie | 3/19/2007 3:01 AM
she is the best
madeline goris | 3/7/2007 8:08 AM
Iam in 7 grade and I still remember reading it in elementary school. It was a great book then and I even used it in my history day project.
breezy 3000 | 2/12/2007 11:47 PM
this is my all time favorite book
Chazmin Davis | 2/7/2007 12:12 AM
Wilma Rudolph has  alot of my respect. Wilma being herself make me and helps me do better in school from her having a horrible life to her becoming a track star make me want to do even better in life... SO THANK YOU WILMA GLODEAN RUDOLPH FOR DOING YOUR BEST BECAUSE EVERY TIME I THINK OF YOU I DO BETTER IN SCHOOL!!!!!!
Jordan | 2/6/2007 11:08 PM
this book is a great book. I loved it. i am doing a report on Wilma and she is such an inspiring person.
camille | 2/6/2007 11:48 AM
i love track. wilma thank you for running
Tasha | 1/29/2007 2:09 AM
I admire Wilma Rudolph because she is my hero! When i grow up i want to be just like her!~!~!
Ariana Martinez | 1/18/2007 2:11 AM
I realy loved your story
| 12/20/2006 1:32 AM
i need to know what the publisher is

The publisher is Harcourt Children's Books.

-- The MY HERO Library Staff

Jordan | 12/12/2006 12:45 PM
I am doing a report on Wilma She is awesome!!!
daivon | 12/10/2006 1:11 AM
Wilma Rudolph  is  my  favorite African American Black history  person  i  ever  did  a  report  on  when  i was in  3 grade  i could  not belive  that  she  won  three gold medals in  three weeks  that is my favorite   hero. she is number 1.
dorsie | 10/31/2006 7:58 AM
I belive that wilma was awsome for standing up and being determined to do what people said she couldn't even the doctors said she wouldn't be able to walk again. Also i admire her parents for always having their feet planted at her side. I hope to always be like wilma and stand up for myself, my friends, and my family. THANK YOU WILMA FOR SETTING AN EXAMPLE TO ME AND THE WHOLE WORLD WHAT A STRONG HEART AND FAITH IN DOING WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SAY YOU CAN'T SHOULD LOOK LIKE.
tina cunningham | 10/26/2006 5:51 AM
the book was very interesting and i enjoyed reading it. it changed how i seen materials
Aida Flores | 8/31/2006 9:38 AM
Wilma Rudolph is a great example for everyone no matter who you are.  By her accomplishment, we can learn to strive towards what we believe in life.
Mr. I | 8/31/2006 2:19 AM
We read this book in class and were really inspired by Wilma's determination and courage to be the best she could be.  This is a must read!  You will be very inspired when you read this book.
Tara | 8/21/2006 7:34 AM
It is like so sad when she gets polio. But it is like really happy when she wins at the olympics.
Bianca Greene | 5/2/2006 8:52 AM
Wilma inspired me greatly because track is what i've been doing for a long time and like her she put her mind to it and she did it! I want me to be the same way determined!! What she did wasn't easy but only the strong believers would be able to over come what she did!! She is my hero and I love her to death!!!
Ashley Thiessen | 3/28/2006 4:59 AM
I really liked how brave and determined she was. she reminded me of my brother. it was an awsome book
Bria Simmons | 3/28/2006 2:12 AM
I think that she is a great person.She really inspired me cause she had polio and didn't let the thought of that let her down.
kayle | 3/27/2006 6:00 AM
i liked wilma rudolph because shes a hero to me and shes a survivor of polio and scarlet fever thats why shes my hero.
Jasmine | 3/24/2006 10:06 AM
what are websites u can go on to get information about her

You can find information about Wilma Rudolph on MY HERO.  Here is the link:

The MY HERO Library Staff

Breezy | 3/17/2006 4:25 AM
This book was great and other people should read it.
karla rivas paiz | 3/15/2006 11:02 PM
i think wilma unlimited is the best book ever
kimberly | 3/4/2006 7:30 AM
i love this book it is sooo great and interesting
ricki | 2/28/2006 8:22 AM
this is amazing how a paralyzed person become a medalist
somebody | 2/25/2006 10:37 AM
This book was one of the best books I ever read. It talked about how a girl suffered through something hard. She succeeded through something that was very hard. she finished out being the fastest girl.
Nondi Mcleod | 2/24/2006 4:02 AM
wilma rudolph is my hero because she teaches people to strive towards what they believe in
Wilma Rudolph | 2/24/2006 12:28 AM
wilma rudolph was a very famous athlete and won many awards she was a very smart woman and needs to be remembered for fighting all of her different diseases she is very brave and she took alot of risks in her life she won 3 gold medals in the olympics!!
ricky martin | 2/21/2006 11:42 PM
Massa | 2/17/2006 1:40 AM
    I depend on her alot because what she did was very important and powerful!!! she was special!
kristen | 2/16/2006 8:11 AM
this story is just a miracle because first she couldn't run at all and now she recovered and she won three gold medals in a single olympic!!!!!
Lake Gillin | 2/10/2006 12:04 AM
Wilma Rudolph is a beautiful woman and my mom and I did a report about Wilma when my mom went to school.
kayelyn | 2/9/2006 11:19 PM
i agree with you i felt her pain and her grief
Murry Dog | 2/9/2006 9:23 AM
I loved the book. It was truly amazing and helped me relize I have an  amazing life.  This book is great for all ages.
     ~Courtney 6th grade~
Courtney | 2/9/2006 9:20 AM
Wilma unlimited gave me an oppurtunity to see all the great things Wilma did growing up and as a adult.  Everyday I will always say that Wilma is my hero.  I would recommend this book to kids of all ages.
Casey Jo | 2/6/2006 6:24 AM
I think this book is great. If your doing a project on her.
Ben | 2/1/2006 10:59 PM
I loved the story! My teacher read it to my class.
Hilary Duff | 1/30/2006 9:49 AM
she is one of the best role models~!!!!!!! i think that if she were alive today she would have 1 million awards and everyone would be happy because she would never let anyone give up or let anyone be down.
sarah | 1/8/2006 9:11 PM
awesome book
Natalia | 10/21/2005 11:21 AM
I really liked this book because after having polio Wilma did two sports that included lots of running.  Wilma was very brave  and she believed in herself.
Jack | 10/20/2005 1:38 AM
Wilma Unlimited was so cool because I like nonfiction books so much and she played basketball and I like basketball alot.
Seancorey | 10/20/2005 1:37 AM
I like this book because it is cool.  Wilma Unlimited is heroic, a fantastic runner, she is fast and she is my hero.
Martez | 10/20/2005 1:36 AM
I like Wilma unlimited  because it is a true story and I like it because she liked my favorite sport that is basketball.
Alec | 10/20/2005 1:36 AM
Wilma Rudolph was a famous person that is black.  Most famous people are white and thats not fair.  You should read this book cause it is interesting.
Erice | 10/20/2005 1:35 AM
I liked  Wilma  Unlimited because she is a giri who liked to run.  
EDWARD | 10/20/2005 1:35 AM
I like Wilma Unlimited because she ran faster than everyone.  Also because it was a true story.

I  admire when she got sick and how she had to sit and watch them play baketball.
Luisa | 10/20/2005 1:32 AM
I loved Wilma Unlimited because Wilma had a very interesting life.  I admire  Wilma very much because she had courage to take off her brace without anybody telling her to.
Nick | 10/20/2005 1:32 AM
I admire Wilma because of her fame and that she was the fastest woman on earth.
Moira | 10/20/2005 1:32 AM
I think you should read Wilma Unlimited because I think you would like how Wilma Rudolph went through the struggle of polio and how she became the world's fastest woman.
Paris | 10/20/2005 1:31 AM
I felt really sad because I felt her pain in the story.  I think you should read this book because it is really fascinating.
Maddie | 10/20/2005 1:29 AM
I like this story because she got out of the pain and got stronger and stronger!!!  Also this book is really cool!              
James | 10/20/2005 1:28 AM
I  liked   Wilma    Unlimited   because   shes  in   Olympics   and because it  was  a  good  book
Wesley | 10/20/2005 1:28 AM
I like Wilma Unlimited because of the author's great details.  I admire Wilma because she is so fast and that she could walk without her leg brace.
Clare | 10/17/2005 2:34 AM
Wilma Rudolph really inspired me. The book was very good.  
Kristi Burton | 10/8/2005 4:03 AM
I read the book and i loved it. It told people not to give up if you really love what you are doing.

                 Thank you.
Grace | 9/7/2005 1:53 PM
This book was truly beautiful. it was very captivating and made me get very emotional. it is a must read!!! this book was very supportive to me because I love track !!!
I hope that some day I will become as well known as Wilma Rudolph. ~God bess -Grace
Maria Perez | 9/2/2005 2:56 AM
I like how Wilma Rudolph worked  so hard and never let anything get in her way. Wilma Rudolph inspired me.
Jose Sonora | 9/1/2005 2:58 AM
Wilma was strong and never gave up, and what I like about this story is that Wilma never gave up. Since I read this story, I wanted to meet  Wilma Rudolph.
Alyssa Gonzales | 9/1/2005 2:54 AM
At first Wilma Rudolph couldn't walk, but then she could walk,and she won three gold medals. She was a good person and very strong. If she was still alive I would like to meet her.
Martin Valenzuela | 9/1/2005 2:52 AM
This story inspired me because Wilma Rudoph
never gave up, and when I read it, it made me want to be the fastest boy in the world.
Jesus Magana | 9/1/2005 2:51 AM
What I like about this story is that  when                         Wilma Rudoph was 5 years old she got polio , and she got a brace. When she went to church she took the brace off, and Wilma walked. When she was 20 years old, she won 3 gold medals, and she became the world's fastest woman.
Miguel Trejo | 9/1/2005 2:29 AM
I think I like the story because she never gives up  and she becomes a winner.She doesn't want anything to get in her way.
Claire Wooldridge | 5/3/2005 11:17 AM
Wilma Rudolph inspires me to do my best. She is  brave and has alot of determination. I hope to be successful like her.
Tanisha | 4/21/2005 12:23 AM
I love this book,and since I love to run track and oter types of sports this book was a really good inspiration.
Kaelan Otto ( 11 yr. old boy ) | 2/28/2005 6:28 AM
I'm in 5th grade and I liked this book a lot. I'm also sick with a serious syndrome that I do stuff with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I can't do many sports but I like to ski and for 2 years in a row I was in the NY Empire State Games- Disabled Division and I got a silver medal in downhill slalom. If you believe, then you can achieve, that's what my mom says to me all the time and I think Wilma Rudolph would say that to everyone too. She was a great inspiration to her race and the rest of the world!
Noland Robinson | 2/13/2005 8:39 AM
I am in the Fifth grade and this book was really good,  It taught me to keep reaching for the stars, I can't become silent.
vanessa jimenez | 2/8/2005 2:09 AM
it was a very good book
Brook | 2/3/2005 9:20 PM
i love this book. i read it in the 3 grade and still remember it today! i hope there will be another one! i will be the first one to read it.
myisha | 1/30/2005 12:03 AM
i like this book because it is a very good book to read
CHINA | 1/28/2005 1:22 AM

grace | 1/20/2005 5:52 AM
i believe this is an awesome book because she believed that she could walk when she had polio.
brit | 1/18/2005 12:39 AM
I think this is a great book.
Bethany Easley | 9/2/2004 2:00 PM
This book encouraged me to keep on doing what I believe in.
Kiva Spear | 8/25/2004 12:00 AM
I think Wilma Unlimited is an extraordinary book because it tells what happened when she was a child.
Shanice Hayes | 6/29/2004 1:23 AM
Hi, I am in fifth grade. What I think about Wilma Unlimted is that people can see what experience that Wilma had when she was little when she had her first birthday. When Wilma got older she got polio. And so that's why you should be thankful for what you have.

adrienne hill | 5/6/2004 5:32 AM
It's a good book about her life and it has alot of information about the way she struggled with polio and survived it and became one of the fastest women in the world. She proved to everyone struggling with a disease that you can beat it and dont give up!  
rachel | 4/30/2004 3:08 AM
She's my hero because she inspired me to start my running career.
| 4/29/2004 12:56 PM
I am in the sixth grade and running and playing basketball are what I like to do best. Reading stories about Wilma always inspire me to practice harder and do my best.  
Angie Glason | 4/27/2004 6:00 AM
I am in 7th grade and I read about alot of black americans.Wilma taught me that you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Ikhaeer Smalls | 2/23/2004 12:14 AM
I'm in 7th grade and i love track.Wilma inspired me to do my best.
amanda maitreme | 2/14/2004 12:29 PM
wilma roudolph is so cool. I am in 5 grade and in our reading textbook it has wilma unlimited. we just got finished reading it
jenny clark | 1/26/2004 11:16 PM
Great book!
Michelle | 1/25/2004 9:07 AM

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