She rides like the wind : the story of Alfonsina Strada (#1955EC4)

by Negrescolor, Joan

1 review or award | 2 full-text reviews

Hardcover Little Gestalten, 2020
Price: USD 18.38
Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Dewey: -E-; Audience: Lower Elementary; Reading Level: 1.8
From the publisher: Ages 3-6
From Kirkus: Ages 5-10; read the full-text reviews


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Translation of: Eu, Alfonsina. "Alfonsina Strada (1891-1959) was known as the Pedal Queen. In 1924, she rode the prestigious Giro D'Italia race, the first and only woman in history to do so. She has become a symbol of struggle and resistance for women across the world. Her story began as a girl of ten who taught herself to ride a bike ..."-- Back cover.

From the Publisher
She was considered the "devil in her skirt" and "queen of pedals": Italian cycling icon Alfonsina Strada made a lot of headlines in the 1920s when she competed in the prestigious Giro d'Italia bike race - despite the rules because only men were allowed to participate. The story of this extraordinary, courageous woman tells as fast as the wind: about her childhood in the Italian province, her love of cycling, her longing for freedom and an impressive career. The multi-award-winning Spanish illustrator and writer Joan Negrescolor presents with his colorfully illustrated picture book a plea for overcoming gender stereotypes.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Little Gestalten
  • Publication Date: August 18, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: English edition.
  • Dewey: -E-
  • Classifications: Fiction, Easy
  • Description: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
  • Tracings: Soutar, Jethro, translator.
  • ISBN-10: 3-89955-853-7
  • ISBN-13: 978-3-89955-853-1
  • Follett Number: 1955EC4
  • Reading Level: 1.8
  • Audience: Lower Elementary
  • Ages: 3-6
  • Kirkus: Ages 5-10

Reviews & Awards
  • Horn Book Magazine, 03/01/21

Full-Text Reviews
Horn Book Magazine (March/April, 2021)
Spare first-person text describes Alfonsina Strada's early childhood explorations with a bicycle and lightly sketches her groundbreaking career as a female cyclist in early-twentieth-century Italy. Creating chaos wherever she cycled, and at first dressing as a boy, Strada soon throws off her trousers, hat, and suspenders -- shown in a striking double-page spread -- to openly ride as a girl. Townspeople react with shock, leaping out of the way as she barrels, carefree, through crowds. The text is extremely brief, providing more of a peek into an intriguing life than actual biographical information. Major life events, including the notable fact that she was the only woman to have ridden one of cycling's three major stage races, are not included in the text (end matter would have been welcome for readers wanting to learn more about a fascinating character, but no additional information is provided). The illustrations, in a limited palette of bold oranges, yellows, blues, and greens, echo the style of the screen-printed flyers for cycling races that appear in the background through the book. Animals in the illustrations seem fascinated by Strada, their gaze emphasizing her wildness as she describes how riding and racing allow her to be free. A compelling, if incomplete, introduction to a little-known pioneer in women's sports. Laura Koenig March/April 2021 p.121

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