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The Original Cowgirl, by Heather Lang, illustrated by Suzanne Beady, published by Albert Whitman & Company

The Original Cowgirl

In the early 1900s, girls were expected to sew and cook and be ladylike. Lucille Mulhall didn't give a lick about any of that. She loved swinging her lariat and riding the range. By the time she was in her teens, Lucille knew how to rope cattle, break broncos, and even lasso a wolf! She wasn't afraid of getting hurt—or of what other people thought about her. Soon she was thrilling the crowds at rodeos, where she'd compete against men—and win!

The amazing true story of the fearless woman who broke records, defied society's expectations, and became known as the "original cowgirl."

Kirkus Reviews says, "there's no lack of sass and color."
"The story of famed rodeo queen Lucille Mulhall is retold as a lesson in girl power and following one's dreams . . . Mulhall may not be a household name, but Lang makes her memorable for anyone who admires go-getters who beat the odds and break barriers."

SLJ says, "this title will round out biography sections."
"The lighthearted text is matched by expressive, cartoon-style illustrations that show the fear, determination, pride, and jubilation this indomitable woman experienced. A more detailed afterword and time line flesh out Mulhall's life. VERDICT An inspiration to young riders, this title will round out biography sections."

The Original Cowgirl, by Heather Lang, illustrated by Suzanne Beady, published by Albert Whitman & Company

Queen of the Track

When Alice Coachman was a girl, most white people wouldn't shake her hand. Yet when the King of England placed an Olympic medal around her neck, he extended his hand to Alice in congratulations. Standing on a podium in London's Wembley Stadium, Alice was a long way from the fields of Georgia where she ran barefoot as a child. With a record-breaking leap, she had become the first African-American woman to win an Olympic gold medal. Here is the inspiring story of an athlete who never took her eyes off the prize.

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Boyds Mills Press
40 pages
Ages: 5 and up
Full-color illustrations
ISBN: 978-1-59078-850

Albert Whitman & Company
32 pages
Ages: 4-7
Full-color illustrations
ISBN: 978-0-8075-2931-7

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