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Tillie the Terrible Swede

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

Stauffacher, Sue

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Tillie the Terrible Swede
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A story of America's bicycle craze and the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 0375944427
9780375944420
0375844422
9780375844423
Branch Call Number: j 796.62092 A551s 2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,21 x 27 cm
Additional Contributors: McMenemy, Sarah Illustrator

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A story of America's bicycle craze and the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.

Tillie wanted to ride fast. She exercised, designed a cycling costume to go fast in, and became one of the greatest endurance cyclists ever.

A story of America's bicycle craze and the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.


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Jun 12, 2013
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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