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America’s Champion Swimmer : Gertrude Ederle

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by David A. Adler (Author), Terry Widener (Illustrator)

A story about determination

Trudy learned to swim after a nearly fatal incident when she fell into a pond and nearly drowned. Her father taught her to swim and she soon mastered the dog paddle. Soon she had mastered more advanced strokes. She LOVED to swim Smile

Americas Champion Learning

By age 15, she had won her first big race. And a year later, Trudy became the first woman ever to swim 17 miles from Lower Manhattan to Sandy Hook in New Jersey.  Not only that, she had beat the men’s record for the same swim!

Americas Champion Long Swim

By 1925, Trudy had accumulated 29 US and World records. She now set her sights on the ULTIMATE challengeswimming the English Channel. The English Channel was tough! With choppy, cold waters spreading out across 20 miles from England to France, only a handful of men had ever accomplished this. And when people learned about Trudy’s ambitious goal, they laughed at the idea of a “weaker sex” even dreaming up of such a task.

So on Aug 18, 1925, Trudy stepped into the cold waters of the Channel and fought the strong currents for almost 7 hours. She was less than 7 miles to shore before her trainer  pulled her out fearing she had swallowed too much water. But Trudy did not give up! She tried again next year.

Americas Champion Rescue

This time Trudy was prepared for the cold waters. Coated with lanolin and heavy grease and equipped with special swim goggles, Trudy stepped into the Channel once more. In the calm ocean waters, Trudy swam on at a rapid pace. But around 1:30 in the afternoon, it started to rain. The rain turned into a strong wind. The waters grew choppy and within a short hours Trudy was swimming against 20 feet high waves!

Americas Champion Waves

Her trainer yelled for her to give up. Her father and sister worried about her being all alone in the waters. Would she be able to finish? Will she have to give up on her dream?

Americas Champion Swimmer Gertrude

“America’s Champion Swimmer ” is an in depth account of Gertrude Ederle’s life and accomplishments. Trudy’s story will appeal to little girls and boys who enjoy swimming as a sport. As we read through the events of the Channel swim specifically, we found ourselves wanting to look ahead to see what happened to Trudy next! David Adler does a superb job of making this story an exciting page turner! The illustrations show vividly her struggle in the Channel waters. The turbulent dark skies and choppy waves and the almost vanishing Gertrude have been captured beautifully by Terry Widener in his impressionist styled paintings. An inspiring read-aloud!

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16 comments

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  1. Wow, I can’t wait to see how this ends. This sounds like a perfect book for summer, and perhaps to inspire someone to take up swimming.

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    • reshamad

      The ending is perfect! Hope you get to read it
      -Reshama

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  2. I agree with Roberta — a perfect summer book! I’m off to read this one … I didn’t know about this picture book biography and your recommendation of “an inspiring read-aloud” hooked me.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for stopping by Jeanne. I think you will like it
      -Reshama

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  3. bargerj

    I love the illustrations. This would be a good book to pair up with other athlete picture book biographies. I would ask students to analyze what is similar about these athletes. Thanks for sharing!

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    • reshamad

      That is a very good suggestion Jeff. I have Wilma Rudolph’s picture book bio and I think it would be an excellent discussion to have! Thanks for stopping by to share.
      -Reshama

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  4. The way that you reviewed this book along with those gorgeous illustrations make me want to find the book right away so that I’d at least know the ending to the story. Thank you for sharing these gorgeous book pages. I have a special fascination for picture book biographies.

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    • reshamad

      Thanks for the kind words Myra I assure you, one is not disappointed with the ending!
      -Reshama

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  5. Stunning illustrations! I am going to add this to my biography list! I want to share more of these exciting stories with my class next year. So inspiring!

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    • reshamad

      I am so glad that you would share the book with the class. Trudy’s story is very inspiring!
      -Reshama

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  6. Oh I need to find this one. I am always looking for good picture book biographies and especially ones one women. Thanks for linking up.

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    • reshamad

      We love inspiring stories like Trudys.. we have one more fascinating picture book biography coming up.. watch out for more THanks for stopping by Alybee
      -Reshama

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  7. This looks terrific! I’m guessing, since it’s a picture book, that it all worked out and trudy accomplished her goal, but now I’m dying to read the story and see how it unfolds and how it ends! I’m going to have to check this one out!

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    • reshamad

      Oh you must! I love the way the story is told and how things unfold.
      -Reshama

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  8. I’ve just recently been introduced to David Adler’s picture biographies for children and plan to use them as we homeschool this year. This book would be perfect! Thanks for sharing. I am a new Facebook follower.

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  9. Tina

    I adore David Adler books! He is such a versatile author. I hadn’t heard of this one yet, and it looks really good. Can’t wait to see it (and find out how it ends! That was a little mean of you!
    Thanks for sharing this with Booknificent Thursday last week. Hope to see you again this week!
    Tina

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