Nomination: Tillie the Terrible Swede

Stauffacher, Sue.  Tillie the Terrible Swede: how one woman, a sewing needle, and a bicycle changed history. Illustrated by Sarah McMenemy. 2011. Unpaged.  Knopf, $17.99. (978-0-375-84442-3) Gr. K-2. (mmc)

Tillie Anderson dreams of riding a bicycle – but not like a lady!  Tillie’s dreams of the “speedy, scorchy, racy kind of riding” inspire her to create her own (shockingly!) aerodynamic cycling clothes and to compete in the first women’s cycling races.  By the turn of the century, “Tillie the Terrible Swede” was the women’s bicycling champion of the world!

 

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