Tillie the Terrible Swede

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

By Sue Stauffacher; Sarah McMenemy (Illustrator)
(Alfred A. Knopf, Hardcover, 9780375844423, 40pp.)

Publication Date: January 25, 2011

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Description

When Tillie Anderson came to America, all she had was a needle. So she got herself a job in a tailor shop and waited for a dream to find her. One day, a man sped by on a bicycle. She was told "bicycles aren't for ladies," but from then on, Tillie dreamed of riding—not graceful figure eights, but speedy, scorching, racy riding! And she knew that couldn't be done in a fancy lady's dress. . . . With arduous training and her (shocking!) new clothes, Tillie became the women's bicycle-riding champion of the world.
Sue Stauffacher's lively text and Sarah McMenemy's charming illustrations capture the energy of America's bicycle craze and tell the story of one woman who wouldn't let society's expectations stop her from achieving her dream.




About the Author
Sue Stauffacher is a professional journalist and has been writing a children's book review column for over ten years. The author lives in Grand Rapids, MI.

"From the Hardcover edition."



Sarah McMenemy has always loved the sea. "As a child, I often visited the seaside with my granny," she recalls. "These visits were treasured occasions of wonder and excitement. I wanted to create a story evoking those feelings." Sarah McMenemy graduated from Brighton College of Art. Her signature use of torn-paper collage combined with paint and ink can be seen on everything from clothing to the London Underground. She is the author-illustrator of WAGGLE, which BOOKLIST praised as "simple and joyful." She lives in London.
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