When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike is a delightful children’s book about the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail, Grandma Gatewood. The beautiful illustrations help tell the story of Grandma Gatewood’s first failed attempt and her resiliency in completing it the second time around.
From the back cover:
One day, Emma Gatewood decided to take a hike. Though she was sixty-seven years old, and though the trail was long – two thousand miles – she was determined to do it. Wearing ordinary sneakers and carrying a handmade denim sack, Emma left her Ohio home to take on the Appalachian Trail.
On her walk, she got lost in mountains and battled black flies, but on she hiked. She broke her glasses and shooed away bobcats, but still she hiked. Her first attempt failed, but she tried it again. Grandma Gatewood never gave up. After many months, she accomplished her dream: she was the first woman to solo hike the Appalachian Trail.
For ages 4-10
Story by Michelle Houts and Illustrations by Erica magnus. 2016.
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