Module 12: America’s Champion Swimmer: Gertrude Enderle
Adler, D. (2000). America’s champion swimmer: Gertrude Enderle. New York: Harcourt.
This is the story of Gertrude Enderle who swam the English Channel in 1926. She was not only the first woman to accomplish the feat but also beat the existing men’s record. The story is well told and the pictures create the sense of being in the past. Gertrude Enderle’s achievements are inspiring and encouraging.
What Did I Think?
This book reminded me of Amelia and Eleanor Go For a Ride because they both evoke a sense of the past and both highlight extraordinary women during times when women were expected to be anything by extraordinary. Gertrude Enderle’s story demonstrates bravery and courage. The story begins by explaining that a woman’s place was thought to be in the home but that Gertrude’s place was in the water. I enjoyed the way she learned to swim and believe that many students would connect with her fears and be inspired by her determination.
Publishers Weekly (August 22, 2005)
“Text and art offer a compelling, in-depth account of the adult Ederle’s crossing of the English Channel,” said PW. “Kids will dive right in.” Ages 6-9. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
From School Library Journal
Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, OH
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.