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This is the inspiring story of Gertrude (Trudy) Ederle, who became the first woman to swim the English channel in 1926. Not only that, but she beat the record previously set! Ironically, a London Daily News editorial declared women "the weaker sex" on the very day Trudy made her historic swim. Well, Trudy certainly proved them wrong! Indeed, other reporters declared that myth "shattered and shattered forever." Quite remarkable for a young woman whose first experience in the water almost lead to drowning! Ederle seemed like a remarkably determined and inspiring individual; I know she influenced the lives of many women of her day, encouraging them beyond the boundaries society had set for them. And she inspired me today. Not only for her swimming abilities but for challenging societal expectations and overcoming other personal challenges. The outstanding Author's Note explains that in 1940 Ederle took a fall and was in a cast for four years!!! Doctors said she would never walk again--but she did! She also battled hearing loss but, again, turned this to opportunity as she taught swimming to deaf children. What a remarkable woman! I'm glad I got to "meet" her though this book. (It might have been a five star book for me had the illustrations been a bit more my cup of tea.) Those interested in the history of early woman swimmers might also enjoy Mermaid Queen: The Spectacular True Story Of Annette Kellerman, Who Swam Her Way To Fame, Fortune & Swimsuit History!.