Who is Terry Fox? In the picture book, Terry Fox (Little People, Big Dreams) we see who this young person was and how they influenced not only his own country of Canada but influenced people around the world in the search for a cure for cancer.
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara created a book that is a love or hate book, with little in between. Though, as a reviewer I am on Team In Between. I like that there is a picture book biography of someone we probably know little to nothing about as an adult, but for the child reader, I am going to assume they do not know who Fox was at all. However, the format is young looking and might not reach everyone it should. Still, it is a good introduction for the classroom, or personal library, to introduce disabilities and runners, since running is a sport that does seem to take a backseat to most other sports. And since we have this book, who knows who this story might inspire, such as Dick Traum (the first runner to complete the New York Marathon who had a prosthetic leg) did for Fox.
Following Fox from a young child to his Marathon of Hope run, we see how he never gave up, how cancer did not slow him down, until it would finally take his life in his early 20s. The story will recall one young man’s run across the US in a little movie called Forrest Gump, but Fox’s story would influence the world, raising money for cancer research.
The illustrations of T. Connor, while fun and fit a lighthearted tone to keep the subject from being too dark, were not my favorites. They are cartoonish and simplistic, not allowing for the older reader to feel that they are not reading a “baby book.” The text is geared at the at least five and up, but most ages can appreciate it.