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.
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.
TERRY WIDENER's work has been featured in Esquire, Harper's, Sports Illustrated, and on the cover of Time. He's also illustrated several books for children, including Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man. He lives in McKinney, Texas.
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Trudy wore a red bathing cap and a two-piece bathing suit and goggles that she and her sister had designed. To protect her from the icy water, Margaret coated Trudy with lanolin and heavy grease. The greasing took a long time--too long for Trudy. "For heaven's sake," she complained. "Let's get started."
America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle 4.5 out of 5based on
SarahWilmot on LibraryThing
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This is an excellent example of a biography because it tells the true story of a person's life, using accurate dates and places. The story of the first woman to swim the English Channel is told accurately and with details that hold the reader's attention.Illustration: acrylic
EricaD on LibraryThing
More than 1 year ago
Excellent book and great for kids to learn about history while improving reading skills.
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