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Hartselle Enquirer

Books of the Week Feb. 15 – 19

TitlePreaching to the Chickens: The Story of Young John Lewis 

Author: Jabari Asim 

Illustrator: E.B. Lewis 

Reviewer: Sarah Laughmiller 

At a young age in rural south Alabama, John Lewis wanted to be a preacher when he grew up. He wanted to change hearts and make a difference. When he was given the task of caring for the chickens on the farm, they became his first audience to preach to.  

While John tended to his flock, he would preach the word of God to them. He took their clucks and nods as their way of giving an “amen” or a “hallelujah.”  

John took his job raising and preaching to the chickens seriously, as he did every job he had after that.  

This book is not only a wonderful, encouraging story of the early life of a renowned Civil Rights leader. It depicts his love of God and belief in a better world for all. Even at a young age, John Lewis had a sense of responsibility for more than just himself. He also had high integrity and courage to do what was right. Children of all ages will enjoy this story of simple kindness and love  

Title: Wilma Unlimited: How Wilma Rudolph Became the World’s Fastest Woman  

Author: Kathleen Krull 

Illustrator: David Diaz 

Reviewer: Sarah Laughmiller  

Wilma Rudolph was a sickly little girl from Clarksville, TennHer left leg was paralyzed by polio before the age of 5. No one thought she would walk again.  

Wilma, however, did not give into that. She refused to believe she would never walk again. Wilma persevered and did not let her limitations stop her.  

She went on to represent the U.S. in the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy. There, Wilma won and brought home three medals.   

This is a timeless, encouraging story of a remarkable woman who did not give up and worked hard to accomplish her goals. Wilma’s story teaches children and adults alike to persevere, put in the work and don’t let anyone get you down or hold you back. You can reach your goals, striving to accomplish even what seems to be impossible.