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America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  57 ratings  ·  20 reviews
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. By the time she turned nineteen, Trudy had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records. But what she planned to do next had never been done--by a woman. She would tackle the most difficult swim of all time: the twenty-one miles of cold, choppy w ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 2000)
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Lisa Vegan
Jul 24, 2011 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: readers who are interested in swimming, history of women’s rights & accomplishments
Recommended to Lisa by: Abigail A.
This is an interesting picture book biography of the first woman to swim the English Channel, with a record time. From the beginning, she obviously had a natural aptitude for swimming, and also a lot of determination and ambition. This biography covers the time from her young childhood when (and why) she learned to swim, including her early successes, her Olympic medals, and her attempted then successful channel swim, and the additional information at the end continues with what happened to her. ...more
This is the inspiring story of Gertrude (Trudy) Ederle, who became the first woman to swim the English channel in 1926. Not only that, but she beat the record previously set! Ironically, a London Daily News editorial declared women "the weaker sex" on the very day Trudy made her historic swim. Well, Trudy certainly proved them wrong! Indeed, other reporters declared that myth "shattered and shattered forever." Quite remarkable for a young woman whose first experience in the water almost lead to ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I didn't care much for the illustrations, but I enjoyed reading about Ederle, about whom I knew very little. I liked the way Adler kept referring to other people's doubts about Gertrude's ability to swim the English Channel--doubts because she was of the "weaker sex". She showed them wrong! I also appreciated that author's note at the end, relating what happened to Gertrude after her record-breaking swim. This is a great inspirational book for young girls, especially athletes. Recommended!
America’s Champion Swimmer:
Summary: This is the story of Gertrude Ederle, an Olympic swimmer. She was born in 1906 during a time where the woman’s place was it the home. Gertrude’s place was in the water. Her family called her Gertie and everyone else called her Trudy. She first learned to swim when she was seven years old and she caught on quite fast by observing and learning from her fathers interesting techniques. Right away she loved to swim and became a part of the New York Women’s Swimmin
Elizabeth Walker
This book is a historical fiction book about Gertrude Ederle swimming across the English Channel. A main theme in this book is that hard work pays off and that women can do anything. I would recommend this book to third or fourth grade girls who are interested in swimming or sports because it teaches them about hard work and that they can accomplish anything. I ranked this book a four because I love swimming and I had never heard of Gertrude before now. It really amazed me how she was able to ac ...more
Title: America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle
Author: David A. Adler
Illustrator: Terry Widener
Interest Level: K - 2
Grade Level Equivalent: 3.4
Lexile® measure: 580L
DRA: 28
Guided Reading: M

* Character and Values
* Culture and Diversity
* Social Studies
* Sports

Summary: 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. By the time she turned nineteen, Trudy had set twenty-nine U.S. and world records. B
Laura Noto
America’s Champion Swimmer, Gertrude Ederle is a picture book for K-4. It is a beautiful tale about “Trudy” and how she was the first woman to swim the English Channel. This book tells the story of how she learned how to swim because she almost drowned. Her father tied a rope around her waist, put her in a lake, and told her to swim like a dog! She soon became a talented swimmer and she won many races including the Olympics. Trudy won many U.S. and world records. She craved to swim the English C ...more
Jorie Turner
Dec 03, 2007 Jorie Turner rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: grades 3-5
Summary: Gertrude was an olympic medalist in swimming. She was a natural in the water. Her ultimate goal was to swim across the English Channel. Only men had done it before her and she wanted to try. Her first attempt was foiled by her coach reaching in the water and touching her. On her second try not only did she make it across, but she also did so faster than any man had ever done it before. When she arrived on land the city through a giant celebration for her achievments.
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Apr 02, 2014 PWRL marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Amie Sergio
Excellent illustrations! Pictures accentuate Gertrude Ederle's physical features. Ederle is seen as a courageous and strong female who is determined to swim across the English Chanel. Vocabulary is child friendly and suitable for lower elementary readers. Illustrations reflect what is being portrayed in the text.
This is a picture book that tells (in lots of detail) the story of the first woman to swim the English Channel. It talks about all the barriers she encountered that she fiercely broke down. It's inspiring and gives me goosebumps, yet all the while, it's short enough to be read as a bedtime story.
Elaine Bearden
Great story about a woman who broke swimming records at a time that women were referred to as the weaker sex. Nice pacing, good beginning with her as a child, and great illustrations pull the reader through.
An interesting story, but a tad on the preachy side. I also didn't like the illustrations as much - everyone was kind of short and fat and choppy looking. But a nice story overall.
Jessie Pate
I enjoyed reading about Gertrude Enderle's feat of being the first woman to cross the English Channel. While the text was simple, it was engaging. A good simple book for a younger reader.
I loved learning about Trudy and the author did a good job making it not boring - both my kids stayed interested through the whole book (no small feat for Emerson.)
This is a powerful biography that I bet will fascinate my students! According to Publishers Weekly: "An exciting story, well told; kids will dive right in."
Nick Cherry
I liked this book. It was perfect for our Text Set Conflict choice. Great book to use when discussing women s rights.
It was interesting to learn and there was a funny part when she was resting in the water eating chicken.
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Story of Gertrude Enderle and her goal to swim the English Channel ... Women' s goals
Rebekah Fuss
This is a great book about the first woman who swam the English Channel.
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Adler was born in New York City, New York. He graduated from Queens College in 1968 with a bachelor's degree in economics and education. For the next nine years, he worked as a mathematics teacher for the New York City Board of Education, while taking classes towards a master's degree in marketing, a degree he was awarded by New York University in 1971. In that same year, a question from his then- ...more
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