Daughter of the Light-Footed People: The Story of Indigenous Marathon Champion Lorena Ramírez (Hardcover)

Daughter of the Light-Footed People: The Story of Indigenous Marathon Champion Lorena Ramírez By Belen Medina, Natalia Rojas Castro (Illustrator) Cover Image
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Description


Meet Lorena Ramírez, an Indigenous Rarámuri athlete from Mexico who is internationally known for winning ultramarathons in her traditional skirts and rubber sandals, in this nonfiction picture book.

From the copper canyons of Mexico, her swift footsteps echo. Clip clap, clip clap.

Experience a sixty-mile run with Indigenous athlete Lorena Ramírez. She runs in the traditional clothes of the Rarámuri, “the light-footed people,” to show that her people and their way of life are alive and thriving—outpacing runners in modern, high-tech gear and capturing the world’s attention. Lorena’s career as an athlete is an inspiring real-life example of the power of perseverance that will encourage young readers to follow their own dreams.

About the Author


Belen Medina, the daughter of Mexican immigrants, was born and raised in California’s Central Valley. She spent her childhood summers in Mexico with her grandparents and has been navigating two cultures her entire life. Still a Californian at heart, she now lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons. Daughter of the Light-Footed People is her debut picture book.

Natalia Rojas Castro is an illustrator based in Bogotá, Colombia. Daughter of the Light-Footed People is her debut picture book.

Praise For…


"Brought to life by vivid illustrations and reverent, energetic prose, Ramírez’s story will delight readers. A vibrant homage to a celebrated athlete, her supportive community, and Indigenous resilience."
Kirkus Reviews

"The narrative introduces [Lorena] as a child growing up in the canyon and, some years later, running a 60-mile marathon with her family cheering at the finish line. The back matter fills in the details of her intriguing story. Created with vivid colors, imaginative details, and a fine sense of movement, the illustrations capture the celebration of watching an Indigenous woman excel in the modern world." 
Booklist

"The narrative introduces [Lorena] as a child growing up in the canyon and, some years later, running a 60-mile marathon with her family cheering at the finish line. The back matter fills in the details of her intriguing story. Created with vivid colors, imaginative details, and a fine sense of movement, the illustrations capture the celebration of watching an Indigenous woman excel in the modern world." 
Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9781665931427
ISBN-10: 1665931426
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English