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Children's Running Book Review: Pellie Runs A Marathon
by: LetsRun.com Reader Monte Wells
October 31, 2006

Michele Bredice Craemer has written a delightful children's book with Pellie Runs a Marathon. The book manages to reflect timeless lessons about perseverance and can-do attitude without becoming trite and cliched. And what better place to learn those lessons than on a 26.2 mile journey with Pellie the duck? Craemer, an experienced marathoner herself, traces Pellie's trials, including heat, hills, and the dreaded wall, up to her joyous sprint across the finish line. Children will have practical counting skills reinforced as Pellie forges on mile after mile, and they will enjoy the funny rhymes, but the best lessons will be learned by seeing Pellie deal with obstacles along the way. Elizabeth Lavin's bouyant illustrations of Pellie, her friends, and her fans round out a nice little gift book for the little ones in your life.

Pellie Runs a Marathon is available from amazon.com

Monte Wells has been a runner and English teacher for over twenty years. He has run seven marathons including Boston. He is married with two girls and lives in Texas.


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