Annette Kellerman: The Mermaid Queen

June 22nd, 2009 - 12:17 am ICT by GD  

Annette Kellerman The life of the legendary Annette Kellerman is caught beautifully on the digital- media illustrations of Seattle based artist Edwin Fotheringham. The book is out this summer and it is sure to go down well with children for its interesting read. The book is aptly titled “Mermaid Queen” a nickname Kellerman was most popularly known by. The book is written by Shana Corey and is published by Scholastic. With 48 pages in all, it is priced at $ 17.99 and can be read by the 5- 10 age group children.

Kellerman is one of the most iconic women of all time who had initially made her name as the water ballet swimmer. Kellerman is known to be the pioneer of the modern day swimwear trend. She had been arrested on some occasions even, for her daring leg revealing style. In her initial days, Kellerman had fought for getting a foothold in athletics. She is introduced in the book as a girl who “loved to make waves”.

Annette Kellerman was born on July 6, 1887 in Sydney, Australia. She takes up swimming as a therapy to overcome her infantile paralysis. At the age of 15, she won her first title of Swim Champion of New South Wales in 1902. Soon swimming becomes her passion and she sets the world record for women in the long distance category.

Kellerman begins her performance in the Melbourne Exhibition Aquarium, where she had to dive in to a 60 foot glass tank and swim along with fish. She had attempted to cross the English channel three times but had been unsuccessful. However, she did beat male swimmers in races in the Danube.

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