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America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle…

America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

by David A. Adler

Other authors: Terry Widener (Illustrator)

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This book is an autobiography about Gertrude Ederle, a champion woman swimmer! The story start out with her first experience in the water and progresses through her advancement in her ability to swim competitively. Trudy set many world records and competed in the U.S. Olympics! Throughout the autobiography it gives examples of Trudy's courage to prove the world that women are no weaker than men!
  Kyle98 | Mar 10, 2018 |
Heart warming story of success! Beautiful illustrations to pair with a very encouraging/inspiring book about women's rights and journey to prove ourselves worthy of respect across disciplines. The story has innate suspense because of the failed attempt and poor weather so the author had a nice, natural story line to follow. ( )
  signecbaum | Jan 25, 2018 |
This informational book describes Gertrude Ederle’s life growing up and her growing love for swimming. She learned to swim at 7 years old when her father tied a rope around her waist and put her in the water. From then on, Ederle continued swimming and winning competitions. She broke world records, even beating the records of men. She soon became a symbol of strength to women.
Medium: acrylic paint
  klum15 | Dec 6, 2017 |
This biography follows the story of Gertrude Ederle, an American swimmer that broke many record, including being the first women to swim across the English Channel in record-breaking time. Additionally, she was a symbol for women's right in the early 20th century.
This book is an excellent biography because the author does an excellent job of pulling the audience in and retelling the story of Gertrude in an intriguing fashion. In addition, the author was able to present overate information while utilizing a narrative, story-telling format.
1. One way to use this text would be to read it aloud during a unit on either the olympics or on athletes through history. Afterwards, the teacher can facilitate a conversation about contemporary U.S. female swimmers and how Gertrude Ederle paved a way for those swimmers.
2. Another way to use this text would be to look at the characteristics and culture of Olympic swimming in the time Gertrude was alive. Then students can create a comparison chart between the olympics at the beginning of the 20th century, and the swimming in the most recent Olympic games.
Age Appropriateness: Primary, Intermediate, Middle School
Media: Golden Acrylics on Strathmore Bristol board. ( )
  rstewart15 | Mar 11, 2017 |
I enjoyed this story very much. The story discusses the importance of diversity and perseverance in something you are passionate about. Gertrude was the first woman to successfully swim across the English Channel, and this is the story about her experience and trials leading up to this experience. Some readers may relate to her struggles in their own way because she experiences prejudice from others. The illustrations are a good guide to help readers follow the story, and the word choice is not very complex for a younger reader. Older readers would be able to understand the challenges she faced and the reasons she faced them, such as sexism and innovation or problem solving in her art. This text was especially effective because it included information in the back of the book about what the author did to research the topic for readers that would like extend their knowledge. Overall, it was a great book! ( )
  Sdaile2 | May 1, 2016 |
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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.

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Describes 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.

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