Tillie the terrible Swede : how one woman, a sewing needle, and a bicycle changed history

by Stauffacher, Sue, 1961-

Format: Print Book ©2011.
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Summary
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "In the 1890s, when Swedish American seamstress Tillie Anderson decided to try bicycling, she faced opposition from her mother, her friends, and her neighbors. Refusing to heed their objections to her scandalous (skirtless) costume and her unladylike (fast) pace, she built up her muscles with exercise and headed for the races, where she broke the women's record in a 100-mile event. Tillie marries her biggest fan and, as the story ends, dives into a promising new pursuit: driving a motorcar. Based on Anderson's scrapbooks and memorabilia as well as articles and family memories, this picture book concludes with an author's note (inconveniently placed beneath the jacket flap) offering more information about Anderson's life as well as the bicycle craze of the 1890s. The front endpapers display fashionable items of ladies' clothing from the period, while the back endpapers spotlight Tillie's Record Breakers and Tillie's Cycling Victories. This picture-book biography celebrates an unsung heroine in women's history.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Reaching back more than a century, Stauffacher and McMenemy resurrect the story of pioneering woman cyclist Tillie Anderson-and make Lance Armstrong feel like yesterday's news. Racing in a self-created aerodynamic outfit (hence the needle reference in the title), Anderson both scandalized and thrilled 1890s America as she shattered records for speed and endurance, leaving competitors and conventional wisdom in the dust. At first, McMenemy's (The Busiest Street in Town) doll-like characterizations and pert settings seem too dainty to serve the story of an athletic heroine and her frenzied times, but within a few pages Anderson's unstoppable determination and energy read loud and clear-in fact, McMenemy proves that the diminutive can also be indomitable. Stauffacher's (Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson) writing is as sprightly and heartfelt as ever, and to her credit, she connects Tillie's accomplishments to the building women's rights movement. An excellent afterword, tucked on the inside back cover, provides fascinating historical context for Anderson's story. Worthy of taking its place beside You Forgot Your Skirt, Amelia Bloomer! and other top-notch junior histories. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Anderson, Tillie -- Juvenile literature.
Anderson, Tillie.
Cyclists -- Sweden -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Cyclists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women cyclists -- Sweden -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Women cyclists -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Bicyclists -- Biography.
Publisher New York :Alfred A. Knopf,©2011.
Edition 1st ed.
Contributors McMenemy, Sarah.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 x 27 cm
ISBN 9780375944420 (lib. bdg.)
0375944427 (lib. bdg.)
9780375844423 (trade hbk.)
0375844422 (trade hbk.)
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