She was the one who seemed
to run in the sky,
That's part of a poem by Grace Butcher written in honor of the great African-American track athlete, Wilma Rudolph, who won three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics. It's one of dozens of poems in a wonderful new compliation of verse from Lillian Morrison, that rewrites in its title and contents the old description of what little girls are supposedly made of. Ms. Morrison calls her book, More Spice than Sugar, Poems About Feisty Females.
This spirited volume contains poems about famous women in
history, like Joan of Arc and Clara Barton, Anne Frank and Elizabeth
Blackwell, who became the first female doctor in America. One of
the most inspiring of these verses is Eloise Greenfield's ballad
about Harriet Tubman, one of the legendary conductors on the
Underground Railroad, that begins:
In this energizing collection, which should be required reading for all growing girls, Ms. Morrison also includes poems about the experiences of Everygirl, whose declarations of independence will lead to the next generation of accomplishments, as Felice Holman proclaims in "When I Am Me" --
I'm impossible ... possible,
Copyright © 2002 by John Cech
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