Tillie the Terrible Swede

Tillie the Terrible Swede

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

Book - 2011
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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: E BIO ANDERSON T. Stauffac 07/2011
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,21 x 27 cm.
Additional Contributors: McMenemy, Sarah


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Aug 24, 2019

Tillie the tailor saw her dream come alive outside her window. In a dazzling blur in the shape of two wheels and a rider, Tillie watched and set firm her mind to race bicycles. In the 1890s it was considered unladylike to ride bicycles and Tillie’s family and friends frowned upon her bicycle racing dreams. Tillie was unstoppable. Rather than wearing long dresses and coats to ride, she sewed her own speedy bicycle racing suit. She won nearly every competition she entered from 100 mile century races to short track races. She was a champion!
Sue Stauffacher’s text and Sarah McMenemy’s watercolor illustrations bring Tillie’s pioneering rides and the turn of the century bicycle craze to life. The pages are full of motion and curves, embodying Tillie’s racing spirit, all rush and flight a whirlwind on her bike!
The end papers add interesting details in the form of sketches of women’s clothing of the time period and a brief chronology of Tillie Anderson’s cycling career.

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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