Mermaid Queen By: Shana Corey Illustrated By: Edwin Fotheringham
Annette Kellerman was born in Australia and lived with her parents who were music teachers. Annette loved music, but was unable to dance because she had a problem with her legs that prevented her from walking. Her father taught her how to swim, and she loved it She started performing her swimming and dancing routine when she was a teen When they moved to England people were appalled by her swim attire, and she was shocked when she came to America to see that women were swimming in their clothing. Annette was arrested for not being properly dressed, and when she went to court she told the judge that swimming was a great sport, but women needed to be able to move in the water. Because of what Annette did, women were able to change their swimming clothes and enjoy the water.
This is a great non fiction picture book. I had never heard of Annette before and am glad I read it. She is truly an inspiring person, having the courage to stand up for what she was doing when she lived in a time that told her not to do it. Great read for elementary readers.
I borrowed this from the public library