Picture Books By Topic: physical challenges

Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trial

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By: Jennifer Thermes
Illustrated by: Jennifer Thermes
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Description: At age 67, Emma Gatewood decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines, braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises relying on the kindness of strangers. A story of true grit and girl power at any age. (Adapted from author’s website)
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Henri’s Scissors

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Non-fiction bio of artist Henri Matisse.
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Miss Colfax’s Light

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By: Aimee' Bissonette
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: In 1861, at the age of 37, Harriet Colfax took on the job of lighthouse keeper for the Michigan City lighthouse off Lake Michigan. It was a bold and determined endeavor. For 43 years, until the age of 80, Harriet kept her light burning, through storms, harsh winters, and changes in technology. This true story contains excerpts from her actual log. (adapted from publisher)
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Miss Rumphius

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By: Barbara Cooney
Illustrated by: Barbara Cooney
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Description: Growing older, a lifetime, legacies, flowers, planting When still a little girl, Alice Rumphius decided that when she grew up she would visit faraway places, live by the sea and do something to make the world more beautiful–per her grandfather’s advice.
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Morning with Grandpa

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By: Sylvia Lui
Illustrated by: Christina Forshay
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Description: Mei Mei’s grandpa is practicing tai chi in the garden, and Mei Mei is eager to join in. As Gong Gong tries to teach her the slow, graceful movements, Mei Mei enthusiastically does them with her own flair. Then Mei Mei takes a turn, trying to teach Gong Gong the yoga she learned in school. Will Gong Gong be able to master the stretchy, bendy poses? Celebrates the joy of learning new things together. (from publisher)
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Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

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By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: Gwen Frostic was a nature artist & early environmentalist who sketched in nature, then created striking prints. After a serious illness as a child she remained strong and independent. A pioneering woman, Gwen never let her disabilities, gender or age define her. She sold her beautiful greeting cards and books worldwide hoping to open people’s eyes to the beauty of our natural world.
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When Grandma Gatewood took a Hike

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By: Michelle Houts
Illustrated by: Erica Magnus
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Description: It took her two tries, but in 1955, sixty-seven-year-old Emma “Grandma” Gatewood became the first woman to solo hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one thru-hike, without professional gear or even a tent. Houts chronicles the spirit of a seasoned outdoorswoman and mother of eleven whose grit and determination helped her to hike over two thousand miles. (adapted from publisher)
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