Summary: Tillie the Terrible Swede by Sue Stauffacher is an interesting take on the women’s liberation movement during the 1880’s. According to this book, much progress was made for women with a sewing machine and a bicycle. While I do not agree with the heavy overtones of feminism, I did appreciate Tillie’s ingenuity, determination, and strength. Overall, a well-written, children’s non-fiction book about a lesser-known woman in history.
Pros: Effectively teaches perserverance, creativity to solve a problem, and following your dream.
Cons: Several times the book refers to Tillie’s mother’s disapproval of her choices. I usually prefer to read my children books that encourage them to honor their parents.
Age Range: 3-10
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