Tillie the Terrible Swede

Tillie the Terrible Swede

How One Woman, A Sewing Needle, and A Bicycle Changed History

Book - 2011
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When Tillie Anderson came to America, all she had was a needle. So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to find her. One day, a man sped by on a bicycle. She was told "bicycles aren't for ladies," but from then on, Tillie dreamed of riding--not graceful figure eights, but speedy, scorching, racy riding! And she knew that couldn't be done in a fancy lady's dress. . . . With arduous training and her (shocking!) new clothes, Tillie became the women's bicycle-riding champion of the world.
Sue Stauffacher's lively text and Sarah McMenemy's charming illustrations capture the energy of America's bicycle craze and tell the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.
Publisher: New York : A. Knopf, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375844423
0375844422
9780375944420
0375944427
Branch Call Number: jB Anderson Stauffac
Characteristics: [36] p. : col. ill. ; 26 x 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McMenemy, Sarah

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Cdnbookworm Jun 12, 2013

This picture book is about an immigrant girl who came to the United States with a dream. When she arrived she found a job in a tailor shop and waited. One day, she saw a man ride past the shop on a bicycle and knew she wanted to ride one too. But women didn't ride bikes back then (the 1890s), it wasn't considered a ladylike thing to do. She persisted and began racing, and winning races too.
This is the story of the sudden expansion in popularity of bicycling at the time, and of women's rights, and of the history-making behaviour of Tillie. The drawing are simple, colourful and fun and fit the story well. A good one.

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