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Pedal, Balance, Steer

Annie Londonderry, the First Woman to Cycle Around the World

In the 1890s, times were tough, and opportunities for women were few and far between. When mother-of-three Annie Londonderry saw an ad promising $10,000 to a woman who could cycle around the world in a year, something no one thought possible, she decided it was time to learn to ride. She waved goodbye to her family in Boston and set off for Chicago. Fifty-nine days later she arrived — and she realized she’d never make it across the Rockies before winter, and certainly not riding a heavy women’s bike and wearing a corset and petticoats. So Annie got herself a better bicycle and comfortable bloomers, and headed back East to try a different route.

Facing robbers, sprained ankles, and disapproving stares, Annie missed her family and wanted to quit. But she journeyed on, all over the world. And, when she finally reached California and the Southwest, she kept pedaling. Her family was counting on the prize money, and people around the world, especially women, were watching. Annie came through for all of them, arriving in Chicago fourteen days before her deadline and proving that women could do just about anything. This nonfiction picture book is perfect for cycling enthusiasts, budding travelers, and anyone who dreams of reaching a difficult goal.

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"This fast-paced, well-written tale tells the story of a remarkable, determined woman. The quirky, lively illustrations, rendered in oil paint with varnish, sometimes presented as vignettes, nicely capture period settings and details. The mantra 'pedal, balance, steer' 'careens' throughout the artwork, the words and letters playfully stretching out; quotes from Annie are interspersed throughout. A fascinating, larger-than-life personality is deservedly brought to readers’ attention in this fine offering." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 6 - 9
Author Vivian Kirkfield
Illustrator Alison Jay
ISBN 1635926823
Publication Date Feb 20, 2024
Publisher Calkins Creek
Language English