Tillie the Terrible Swede

Tillie the Terrible Swede

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

Book - 2011 | 1st ed.
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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: 9780375844423
Branch Call Number: 796.62 ANDER-S
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 x 27 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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