Rating: 5 stars
Genre: Nonfiction YA
Though Sue Macy wrote Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way) for ten-year-olds, it is a great coffee-table book. I loved the scrapbook design chock-full with images, quotes, and quips; each page is a delight to see and a great source of information.
The book describes the history of the evolution of the bicycle and how it helped emancipate women, freeing them from restrictive clothing, providing an independent means of transportation, exercise, and a way to break free of the societal constraints on women’s behavior. I found the style engaging and loved the photos which featured celebrity cyclists, cycling slang and songs, bicycling periodicals and books, and advertising based on female riders.
I liked that this overview of the emergence of the bicycle doesn’t getting bogged in minutia, yet provides so much information. It is a light read, but one that is hard to put down.