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America's Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Ederle

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  104 Ratings  ·  28 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
Jun 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
My 7 year old (and me!) loved this story of how "Trudy" overcame many obstacles to swim the English Channel. We especially loved the details and illustrations that added to our understanding of the experience. Fantastic page of notes from the author at the end of the book add to the story.
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
Sarah Little
Feb 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fantastic! It is a compelling biography about a girl who was a pioneer for her time. The story takes place in an era where being a female was tough, but being a female athlete was even more challenging. Gertrude Ederle fights the constraints of her expected gender role and becomes an outstanding swimmer. She is the first female to ever swim across the English Channel and becomes a role model to girls and boys around the world.

America's Champion Swimmer would be a great story for a
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 rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Response: As a femal
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
An inspiring picture book biography of Gertrude Ederle from David A. Adler and Terry Widener recounts in brief the life of the first woman to swim the English Channel....and set a new record! Widener's vibrant illustrations are charming. Adler succinctly presents Ederle's accomplishments in a straightforward manner, which makes the challenge of swimming the English Channel more dramatic and real for the reader. There's a nice afterword that relates what happened to Ederle after her channel swim. ...more
Kristin Palumbo
I thought "America's Champion Swimmer" was a very interesting book. I really enjoyed the pictures in this book, they allowed for me to feel like I was there. I find books about sports interesting so this book stood out to me. I also enjoyed how she started the book from her childhood so we were able to see how she grew as a person and accomplished her goals. I think that Gertrude Ederle would make a great role model for young children. I also felt like I really understood what happened and how s ...more
Kristie Y
Apr 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a biography of Gertrude Ederle who in 1925 was the first women to swim the English channel. The author follows her from a young girl who nearly drowned to a determined swimmer. By 1925 Gertrude had set 29swimming records when she decided to attempt what no woman and only 5 men had been able to do before. In swiming the English channel Gertrude was celebrated by as proof that women can do anything a man can do. This is a wonderful story of a woman who would not give up. I would use this a ...more
Elizabeth Walker
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: eng-261
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
Apr 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
This book is a biography about the great swimmer Gertrude Ederle. It covers her journey of learning how to swim as a young girl and then to her great journey of swimming for England to France. This would be a great book for almost any elementary schooler. This book could be used to talk about Women's rights through history as well as perseverance and never giving up. Overall this is a great read!
Amie Sergio
Oct 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-my-daughter
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
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nov 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, nonfiction
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.
Feb 14, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was interesting to learn and there was a funny part when she was resting in the water eating chicken.
May 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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."
Apr 02, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-new
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very powerful book about a very strong woman, Gertrude Ederle! She was the first woman to swim the English Channel, and did it about 2 hours faster than the fastest man! A wonderful story!
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.
Apr 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.)
Nick Cherry
I liked this book. It was perfect for our Text Set Conflict choice. Great book to use when discussing women s rights.
lola Franco
A pretty awesome book for kids, especially girls, who might need to be reminded that there's nothing they can't do.
Rebekah Fuss
Jun 02, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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