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Pedal, Balance, Steer: Annie Londonderry, the First Woman to Cycle Around the World (Hardcover)

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Pedal, Balance, Steer: Annie Londonderry, the First Woman to Cycle Around the World By Vivian Kirkfield, Alison Jay (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Vivian Kirkfield, Alison Jay (Illustrator)
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Annie Londonderry proves women can do anything they set their minds to—even cycle around the world—in this nonfiction picture book for cycling enthusiasts, budding travelers, and anyone who dreams of reaching a difficult goal.

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.

Annie was exhausted when she arrived fifty-nine days later—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.

About the Author

Vivian Kirkfield is a retired early childhood educator and the author of several books for children, including From Here to There, Making Their Voices Heard, and Pippa’s Passover Plate. Her books have received starred reviews in publications like Kirkus and have been selected by the Junior Library Guild and PJ Library.

Alison Jay is the illustrator of numerous books, including The Pig War, A Lady Has the Floor, and Bee and Me, which she also wrote. Alison’s signature style is created using alkyd paint on thick cartridge paper, with a crackle varnish, giving an aged effect.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781635926828
ISBN-10: 1635926823
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Publication Date: February 20th, 2024
Pages: 40
Language: English