Annette Feels Free: The True Story of Annette Kellerman, World-Class Swimmer, Fashion Pioneer, and Real-Life Mermaid
Annette Feels Free is a heart-warming story based on the real-life events of “The Original Mermaid”, Annette Kellerman. Growing up in a musical household, Annette loved to dance. However, at 6 years old her legs suddenly became weak and she was fitted for braces. Since she was unable to dance, her father encouraged her to move freely in the water. Annette practiced everyday until she was one of the fastest swimmers in Australia! She performed creative water ballets and audiences were astounded by her talents.
This book will inspire children to preserve through challenges to achieve success. Annette was also a pioneer for the women’s rights movement. She thought it was unfair that men could swim in sleek suits while she was forced to swim in bulky clothes. She fought for the right to wear an equal amount of clothing and achieved victory! Her invention of the women’s bathing suit was quickly popularized and worn by women all over the world. She also continued to teach women to dive and swim, leading to the creation of synchronized swimming. The author of this story, Katie Mazeika drew inspiration from Annette’s perseverence when she encountered physical obstacles of her own. The end of the book recounts the author’s personal journey as well as a more detailed history of Annette’s accomplishments. I highly recommend this story for all children ages four through ten.
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