- Age Range: 5 - 8 years
- Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
- Lexile Measure: 760L (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 40 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780375844423
- ISBN-13: 978-0375844423
- ASIN: 0375844422
- Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 0.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Tillie the Terrible Swede: How One Woman, a Sewing Needle, and a Bicycle Changed History Hardcover – January 25, 2011
Frequently bought together
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
From School Library Journal
Gr 1-5-A picture-book biography of the tailor turned bicycling champion. After seeing her first bicycle, Tillie Anderson began saving her money to buy one. However, she wasn't interested in the kind of synchronized riding that was deemed respectable; she wanted to race. She trained by working out with weights and riding for half-hour stints. After realizing that her long skirts were a hindrance, she used her sewing skills to make a pants outfit more suited to riding. Anderson started entering races, both outdoors and in the velodrome, where she dominated the field. She soon became the spokesperson for bicycle advertisements. There was an inevitable backlash from other riders and traditionalists, but she persevered despite being deemed unwomanly and referred to as the "Terrible Swede." While this biography offers broad-stroke information on Anderson and the state of women's issues at the time, the endpapers provide annual statistics from 1896 to 1901 regarding her "Record Breakers" as well as her "Cycling Victories." The whimsical gouache and hand-painted paper collage illustrations add to the turn-of-the-century flavor of the book, while the uniform color palette of each spread adds cohesion to the layout. A great addition to the growing number of biographies of daring women.-Stacy Dillon, LREI, New York City (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
In the 1890s, when Swedish American seamstress Tillie Anderson decided to try bicycling, she faced opposition from her mother, her friends, and her neighbors. Refusing to heed their objections to her scandalous (skirtless) costume and her unladylike (fast) pace, she built up her muscles with exercise and headed for the races, where she broke the women�s record in a 100-mile event. Tillie marries her biggest fan and, as the story ends, dives into a promising new pursuit: driving a motorcar. Based on Anderson�s scrapbooks and memorabilia as well as articles and family memories, this picture book concludes with an author�s note (inconveniently placed beneath the jacket flap) offering more information about Anderson�s life as well as the bicycle craze of the 1890s. The front endpapers display fashionable items of ladies� clothing from the period, while the back endpapers spotlight �Tillie�s Record Breakers� and �Tillie�s Cycling Victories.� This picture-book biography celebrates an unsung heroine in women�s history. Grades K-3. --Carolyn Phelan
Related Video Shorts (0)
Be the first videoYour name here
Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features:
Showing 1-8 of 11 reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Naturally, as a very competitive person, Tillie Anderson often boasted about keeping
close to her racing physical ability throughout her life.
Can you imagine the friendship born between aviation's Ruth Law and Tillie Anderson
after being introduced to each other.
Fortunately, for further reading and research, Roger Gilles is the author of
"Women On The Move: The Forgotten Era of Woman's Bicycle Racing"
forthcoming in fall 2018 from the University of Nebraska Press.
He teaches at Grand Valley State University.
Tillie wasn't interested in riding gracefully around a maypole, like other girls; she started training to get strong enough to ride fast, really fast. But there was a problem--her 19th century dresses. Soon Tillie designed herself a more aerodynamic bicycle outfit, one that scandalized the whole neighborhood. But Tillie didn't care if her friends and family thought she was "wicked"; she soon was entering her first cycling races, breaking women's records left and right and becoming the women's bicycle-racing champion of the world. She became famous, with poets writing her odes, bicycle companies looking for endorsements, and reporters wanting to interview her. Some male cyclists thought Tillie was "unwomanly," and doctors even examined her to see what the effects of all that hard exercise would be on a woman's body. They found her, not surprisingly, to be a "mass of muscle," and put a picture of her leg in the newspaper! Imagine how shocking in those days, when a mere glimpse of a woman's ankle was viewed as something sexy and forbidden.
The reader can't help but be inspired by the story of this remarkable woman, a celebrity in the era before female athletes were accepted. Sarah McMenemy's bright and colorful gouache and collage illustrations are simply charming, and add immeasurably to the appeal of this tale. The opening end papers show the accessories of a proper Victorian lady, depicted in a soft, feminine lavender, while the end papers at the conclusion of the book feature a year-by-year breakdown of Tillie's records and her cycling victories, seen on a background of a vibrant lime green, decorated with trophies, Tillie on her bicycle, and swirls of speed. This is a great story to share with girls of all ages.