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On the morning of August 6, 1926, Gertrude Ederle stood in her bathing suit on the beach at Cape Gris-Nez, France, and faced the churning waves of the English Channel. Twenty-one miles across the perilous waterway, the English coastline beckoned. Lyrical text, stunning illustrations and fascinating back matter put the reader right alongside Ederle in her bid to be the first woman to swim the Channel—and contextualizes her record-smashing victory as a defining moment in sports history. Time line, bibliography, source notes.
Macy and Collins, the duo behind 2011's Basketball Belles, pay lively tribute to another feat of female athleticism: American swimmer Gertrude Ederle's record-setting 1926 swim across the English Channel: "Two hundred people had tried to swim the Channel before. Only five men had made it, and none on their first try." Collins's aggressive mixed-media artwork is well-suited to the tension and physicality of Ederle's swim; in one especially cinematic scene, she's shown surging through cold, choppy water filled with jellyfish and driftwood, a look of determination evident beneath her red swimming cap and goggles. An afterword dives deeper into Ederle's story; in a fitting coda, Collins ends with a vignette of the happily exhausted swimmer lounging in a bubble bath at her hotel in Dover, following her victorious arrival on the English shore. Ages 6 10.