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Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Emma Gatewood’s life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk . . . and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail.

With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down
Hardcover, 48 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by Harry N. Abrams
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Jasmine from How Useful It Is
Reread for my daughter. I love the illustrations! Such pretty colors. Inspiring hike!

My Experience: I started reading Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail on 3/29/18 as a bedtime story for my 6 year-old son and we finished it that same night. This book is most exquisite! I love the story and the illustrations. A gorgeous book! I haven’t heard of Grandma Gatewood until reading this book. I’m glad my son learn of her at such a young age. Reading about an elderly doing
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every single day people walk from one point to the other within their homes, from their homes to school and places of work. They walk on pathways designated for walkers or make their own trails through fields, forests or along waterways. Some walk because they lack another mode of transportation. Others walk for the exercise. And many walk for the sheer joy of being able to walk.

For me, walking with my dog is a peaceful time to reflect on current events in my life, my country and the world as a
Brenda Kahn
Informative biography of the first woman to successfully hike the Appalachian Trail end-to-end. Soft watercolor illustrations and spot art. Double-page spreads featuring map segments of the trail. Backmatter includes more information about Emma and the trail as well as select sources and a timeline. A photograph of Emma would've been a nice touch.
Wearing canvas sneakers and carrying a small, homemade sack, at 67, Emma Gatewood left her home in Ohio to be the first woman to hike the entire Appalachian Trail. She was kindly welcomed by strangers along the way; she met boy scouts, and encountered bears and hurricanes... but no matter what happened, she kept on walking. Thermes intersperses her story with maps showing different sections of the trail, as she makes her way from Georgia to Maine. My favorite spreads are expansive, two pages ...more
Dec 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Charming illustrations and well done interesting text. I especially love the maps! Fascinating back matter about both Gatewood and the trail itself.
Laura Giessler
I love the idea of a picture book about this woman who was the first to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail--when she was 67! Colorfully illustrated maps show the trail route through the states. The illustrations in general are colorful and add to the story. Some of the text is a bit awkward, like the use of the word "tramp" and the paragraph that talks about when she read about the trail in the magazine. I also found that it didn't always flow from page to page. The story was interspersed with ...more
Most of the fifth grade students that I taught in the last couple of years complained about all of the walking we did on our Metro Parks field trips. While there are lots of kids who enjoy being out in nature and hiking, there are still more who rarely walk more than a block or two and spend little to no time outdoors. So this awesome picture book biography about a 67-year-old woman walking the entire length of the Appalachian Trail (2,160 miles) by herself is a great way to inspire a growth ...more
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-book
Emma Gatewood married young and bore eleven children. She eventually divorced her husband and raised the large family alone, finding respite by walking the hills and woods around her home. One day she read a story that inspired her to walk the Appalachian Trail, perhaps because the article said that no woman had ever done so. Through hardship, bad weather, minor injuries, and with the help of friendly people along the way she made it the entire way!

Biographical in nature, this lovely picture
“Some days were rather dull. Other days ... the views went on forever.”

Emma Gatewood, at the age of 67, was the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail by herself. While raising 11 children and working a farm most of her married life, Emma found comfort and escape walking through the hills around her farm. After reading an article in a magazine about the trail, Emma decided to go for it. Though it was much harder than the article implied, Emma succeeded with the help of others along the trail
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
At the age of 67, Emma Gatewood became the first woman to hike all 2160 miles of the Appalachian Trail alone. She was also the first person to complete the trail three times. In this picture book, readers follow her along on her historic trek. With accompanying maps, the journey is filled with nature, rocks and streams. There are encounters with bears, plenty of rain, and many pairs of ruined shoes.

The book takes a warm look at her accomplishments, showing exactly why she was drawn to walk the
A book club I am involved in is reading Grandma Gatewood's Walk. I need to read it this week. All the Overdrive copies are checked out, so I searched Hoopla. Bingo! But it also had this book. I thought I'd read this first just to get a little background.

Yes, I liked this. Frankly, I think this would be a good read aloud with my fourth graders. Think it will find its way into the classroom.

Determination, perseverance, and a sense of adventure seem to encapsulate Grandma Gatewood. Since hiking
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-6-non-fiction
Grandma Gatewood hikes the entire Appalachian Trail when she's 67 years old. A mother of 11 and a true hiker, she welcomes the tranquility of hiking alone, feeling one with nature. Her hike is far from mellow though, she meets a bear in the woods, survives one of the fiercest storms, and meets many kind people along the way. This is a celebration of the Appalachian trail with its gorgeous countryside from Georgia to Maine, along with Emma Gatewood an extraordinarily brave hiker. The watercolor ...more
Elizabeth Sorn
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Grandma Gatewood, also known as Emma Gatewood; a sixty-seven-year-old woman who hiked the Appalachian Trail. Emma concours the 2,190 mile walk in old canvas sneakers, facing unique weather conditions, wild creatures, and meeting the kindest of people. Although there were times were many would call it quits, Emma is the definition of resilience! I chose this book because the thought of a grandma hiking a trail was enticing. Little did I know; this was based on a true story! At the end of the ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
A simply-told and easy to follow story of the first woman to hike -in 1955 at the age of 67 - the 2,190-mile Appalachian Trail alone (though with plenty of help from many people along the way and including an additional section in Georgia no longer considered part of the trail). Delightful soft watercolor and color pencil illustrations evoke the simplicity of the era and Grandma Gatewood's attitude of joy and adventure during her second attempt thru-hiking from Georgia to Maine. Colorful maps ...more
Jun 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this book, but I'm definitely biased, having notched almost 500 miles on the AT myself. Grandma Gatewood is a legend in AT culture, and it's pretty remarkable that she's not the only senior citizen to hike the trail. I met a woman who was section hiking, state by state. She would hike in for a couple days then hike back out. She'd finished 7 or 8 states-which she'd essentially done twice! The best part was that she was in her MID-SEVENTIES and was hiking solo. Yeah, you read that right.
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a precious story! There are so many similarities between Grandma Gatewood and myself - both same age as when she did her first thru-walk, both grandmas, both love to walk and hike and I have also walked parts of the AT. (No desire to do the complete trail, though!) This was a very cute writing and adorable illustrations. I plan to share it with my youngest granddaughter, Emma, who also likes to hike!
mary dewley
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grandma Gatewood's journey began after reading an article in a National Geographic magazine at the doctor's office! She was 66 and already divorced when she made her first attempt at walking the Appalachian Trail by herself. It wasn't until 1955 that she completed it at the age of 67 and become the first woman to do so by herself. Very inspiration and heart warming story about the kindness of strangers and the courage and bravery of one woman to change her life and re-discover herself.
The subject of adventures hiking the Appalachian Trail holds my children's attention and mine, but there are some aspects of the writing of this book that annoyed me, e.g., a reference to "the occasional tramp" and the decision to exclude a failed attempt at hiking the trail from the main text (it was mentioned in the author's note).
Dec 24, 2018 rated it liked it
I can't believe that I had not heard of Grandma Gatewood before. I always like the use of maps in a book, but I thought these were almost overwhelming. I also thought the text was a bit misleading in that it did not mention that she had tried once before the successful trip. I also did not realize that there are several books about her.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Inspiring new nonfiction Picture Book Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail. Makes me want to go out and hike the trail! I loved the illustrated maps allowing readers to visit specific places on the Appalachian Trail.
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this story with its beautifully drawn pictures. Grandma Gatewood is a plain spoken woman who at age 67 in 1955 decides to thru hike the Appalachian Trail. This book is a must add book to your picture book library to showcase girl power.
Amanda Walz
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a beautifully illustrated story about Emma Gatewood the first woman, at the age of 67 to walk the entire Appalachian trail in one summer. It made me look her up and read more about Ms. Gatewood. I really want to read more books on her.
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Historical tale of Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, who at the age of sixty-five in 1955 became the first woman to hike the 2,160 mile Appalachian Trail, America's longest footpath. She became quite the celebrity, and was interviewed by a brand new sports magazine, "Sports Illustrated".
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have read the 'adult' version of Emma Gatewood's story .. it was several years ago but I remember it being a very interesting story... Jennifer Thermes has created an interesting book both with the story and visuals of maps along the way with facts about places along the trail...
A beautiful book about the first female through-hiker on the Appalachian Trail. Inspiring, and with lots of information about the trail as well.
Nov 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Good introduction to the life of an amazing woman who did an amazing thing.
Nice illustrations and easy-to-follow maps.
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kid's book. Good intro to Grandma Gatewood.
Michele Knott
Loved reading this one! A fascinating read, an amazing feat and a story I had never heard before!
Melinda Bender
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love this book! Very inspiring to learn that your never to old to do anything including hiking the Appalachian Trail.
Liz Williams
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 921-biography
Beautiful, with good historical notes and references at the end.
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JENNIFER THERMES is a children’s book author, illustrator, and map illustrator. Her recent nonfiction picture books include CHARLES DARWIN’S AROUND-THE-WORLD ADVENTURE and GRANDMA GATEWOOD HIKES THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL. She has also created maps for books such as Thornghost, The Emperor’s Ostrich, and The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street. Her latest book, MANHATTAN: MAPPING THE STORY OF AN ISLAND ...more