Fauja Singh Keeps Going: The True Story of the Oldest Person to Ever Run a Marathon

Simran Jeet Singh, illus. by Baljinder Kaur. Kokila, $17.99 (48p) ISBN 978-0-525555094
Fauja Singh has defied expectations all his life. This book follows him as he takes his first steps at five, grows up to run his own farm, emigrates from India to England as an 81-year-old, and takes up running as an even older man, completing the London marathon six times. Whenever he encounters naysayers, Singh writes, “Fauja did not listen and Fauja did not stop.” Instead, he keeps his mother’s encouragement close: “You know yourself, Fauja, and you know what you’re capable of. Today is a chance to do your best.” As a response to discrimination against Sikhs in the U.S., Fauja runs the New York City Marathon at age 93: “He couldn’t read. He couldn’t write. He couldn’t speak English. But he could run.” Though he finishes that race in pain, he keeps racing, in 2011 becoming the first 100-year-old person to run a marathon. Singh’s uplifting tale is supported by Kaur’s sensitive illustrations of emotionally resonant moments, like Fauja’s mother lovingly combing his long hair. Ages 4–8. (Aug.)
Reviewed on : 09/10/2020
Release date: 08/25/2020
Genre: Children's
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