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America's Champion Swimmer
ISBN: 9780152052515
Author: Adler, David A./ Widener, Terry (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: June 2005
Retail: $7.99    OUR PRICE: $1.99
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: Vibrant, full-color illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of Gertrude Ederle, the first woman to swim the English Channel and a figure in the early women's rights movement. Full color.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography - Sports & Recreation
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation - Water Sports
Dewey: B
LCCN: 98054954
Lexile Measure: 800
Target Grade: 1-2
Grade level: 1-2
Physical Information: 0.25" H x 25.00" L x 11.00" W
Bargain Category: Biographies, Early Elementary, Picture Books, Science, Sports
Grade level(s): Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Publisher Description:
Trudy Ederle loved to swim, and she was determined to be the best. At seventeen Trudy won three medals at the 1924 Olympics in Paris. But what she planned to do next had never been done by a woman: She would swim across the English Channel in fourteen hours and set a world record.

Contributor Bio(s): Adler, David A.: - DAVID ADLER has written more than a hundred books, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man and Mama Played Baseball. He lives on Long Island, New York.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2000 Fall)
Adler's engaging narration smoothly incorporates important episodes in Ederle's life (e.g., the 1924 Olympics and her record-breaking English Channel swim), some background against which to view them, and enough amplification to make them memorable. Widener's painterly acrylics depict a sturdy heroine alone in her quests yet cheered by thousands in her victories. An afterword adds background. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Horn Book Magazine Reviews (Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2000 #3)
Youngsters reading, or hearing, this latest sports biography from Adler and Widener (Lou Gehrig; The Babe and I) can learn when Gertrude Ederle was born, how she learned to swim, what competitive events she won, and how she fared in the 1924 Olympics. They can also learn that, after one failed attempt, she became the first woman to swim the English Channel and broke the men's record while doing so. Adler gives historical context to these events by pointing out the limited opportunities available to women during this time and by including President Coolidge's backhanded compliment of naming Ederle "America's Best Girl." Additionally, Adler adds rich detail, such as Gertrude's sister's prodding to "Get going, lazybones!" during a swim from New York to New Jersey; Ederle's diet (chicken, beef broth, chocolate, and sugar cubes) while swimming the Channel; and the American songs those on an accompanying boat sang to boost Gertrude's spirits during her second attempt. Adler's engaging narration smoothly incorporates important episodes in Ederle's life, some background against which to view them, and enough amplification to make them memorable. These tools are those of a fine journalist, and Adler uses them well. What he doesn't do, however, is share who Gertrude Ederle was rather than report what she did. For example, Ederle is determined, but there is little evidence to gauge that determination as either foolhardy or judicious when, against the advice of her trainer, she refuses to terminate her swim. Even though Gertrude emerges from the channel stating, "All the women of the world will celebrate," readers do not have enough background to know if she swam for women's recognition or for more personal reasons. Widener's painterly acrylics nicely depict a sturdy heroine alone in her quests yet cheered by thousands in her victories; they don't, however, do much to expand the text, reinforcing the documentary nature of the book. An afterword from the author adds background and gives general information about consulted sources. Copyright 2000 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2005 August #4)

"Text and art offer a compelling, in-depth account of the adult Ederle's crossing of the English Channel," said PW . "Kids will dive right in." Ages 6-9. (July)

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2000 March #1)
The team behind The Babe & I and Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man here abandons the baseball field for the chilly, choppy waters of the English Channel, which Ederle swam across in 1926. The first woman to accomplish this feat, Ederle also beat, by almost two hours, the existing men's record. Widener's stylized acrylic paintings again creatively evoke a bygone era, while Adler's direct yet descriptive narrative establishes the historical context. He notes that in 1906, the year of Ederle's birth, women in most states could not vote: "Many people felt that a woman's place was in the home," writes Adler. "But Gertrude Ederle's place was in the water." Readers will warm to the heroine, a city kid who was taught how to swim only after she, at age seven, fell into a pond and nearly drowned. Text and art offer a compelling, in-depth account of the adult Ederle's crossing of the Channel, as she swam for more than 14 hours from Cape Gris-Nez, France, to Kingsdown, England, despite driving rain, strong winds, high waves, a powerful current and her trainer's directive to quit. An exciting story, well told; kids will dive right in. Ages 6-9. (Mar.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2000 June)
K-Gr 4-This picture-book biography covers the life of Gertrude Ederle, highlighting her world-record breaking, long-distance swims. In 1926, women were thought to be the weaker sex, but this indomitable young athlete broke the men's record by two hours when she swam the English Channel. Fascinating tidbits about her 21-mile swim will entice readers: "She floated on her back and ate chicken and drank beef broth." For her victory, she was rewarded with a ticker-tape parade and a letter from President Coolidge calling her "America's Best Girl." More information about her life is appended. In the acrylic paintings, characters with large bodies and small heads, suggesting Depression-era art, are set on impressionistic backgrounds. The pictures of the swirling, rough water add fluidity and motion, and the perspectives that show the small figure of the swimmer in the vast sea capture the immensity of Ederle's endeavor. Attractive formatting and large type make this story of achievement as effective and as inspiring to read aloud as this team's Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man (1997) and The Babe & I (1999, both Gulliver).-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, OH Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.