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Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

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Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here's a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did--and this is her story. This tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world. Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here's a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did--and this is her story. This tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world.


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Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here's a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did--and this is her story. This tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world. Have you ever seen a big wave? One that's twenty, thirty, forty, even fifty feet tall? Here's a better question: Would you ever surf a big wave? Sarah Gerhardt did--and this is her story. This tale of perseverance and indomitable spirit is about the first woman to ride the waves at Mavericks, one of the biggest and most dangerous surf breaks in the world.

30 review for Sarah and the Big Wave: The True Story of the First Woman to Surf Mavericks

  1. 4 out of 5

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    Sarah and the Big Wave by Bonnie Tsui is a wonderful picture book biography that tells the story of Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to surf Mavericks. Young readers will learn about Sarah’s journey to become a pioneer for women in surfing, including her challenges, such as finding gear in the right sizes and finding a welcoming group of friends to share her passion with. Sarah and the Big Wave shares a wonderful lesson of following your passions and persevering through challenges. And of course, Sarah and the Big Wave by Bonnie Tsui is a wonderful picture book biography that tells the story of Sarah Gerhardt, the first woman to surf Mavericks. Young readers will learn about Sarah’s journey to become a pioneer for women in surfing, including her challenges, such as finding gear in the right sizes and finding a welcoming group of friends to share her passion with. Sarah and the Big Wave shares a wonderful lesson of following your passions and persevering through challenges. And of course, this is a great pick for young surfing enthusiasts. I really love the illustrations by Sophie Diao! The way she captured both the beauty and movement of the ocean was really stunning. The back matter also contains a wonderful timeline of the history of women in surfing from the 1600’s to 2020, making it a great resource for educators. Bonnie Tsui is an author and journalist who lives, swims, and surfs in the Bay Area. To learn more about her and her work, please visit her website at bonnietsui.com. Sophie Diao is an artist and illustrator based in San Francisco, California. Please visit her website at sophiediao.com to learn more about her and her work. I also want to thank Henry Holt Books For Young Readers for proving me with a review copy of Sarah and the Big Wave. I loved learning about Sarah, and I’m so glad to share her story with you all. Blog | Instagram | Facebook | Goodreads | Storygraph

  2. 5 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    Sarah Gerhardt grew up surfing little, medium, and – her favorite – big waves on Oahu’s North Shore, which is famous for its huge waves, some of which top the height of a five-story building! She later moved to California, where her new home was near Mavericks, the famous big-wave surf break. With its monster waves, “Mount Everest meets Niagara Falls” is a dangerous place to surf, and no woman had ever done it … until Sarah! Illustrator Sophie Diao captures Sarah’s history-making ride, and its e Sarah Gerhardt grew up surfing little, medium, and – her favorite – big waves on Oahu’s North Shore, which is famous for its huge waves, some of which top the height of a five-story building! She later moved to California, where her new home was near Mavericks, the famous big-wave surf break. With its monster waves, “Mount Everest meets Niagara Falls” is a dangerous place to surf, and no woman had ever done it … until Sarah! Illustrator Sophie Diao captures Sarah’s history-making ride, and its epic scale, in a made-for-storytime lift-up page. A timeline of milestones in the history of women and surfing complete this SWELL ;) picture book biography.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erin Buhr

    This book is stunning. The brilliant blues of the ocean pour across the spreads and capture the enormous waves. This is a true story about the first woman to surf Mavericks, the giant waves at a particular beach in Northern California. Told with excellent pacing and still capturing her inspiring story as one of the first female surfers, this is an excellent read aloud.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Elena L.

    Inspiring true story of the first woman to surf Mavericks, filled with vibrant illustrations and captivating dialogues, I would recommend this book to everyone. ( I appreciated that both author and illustrator are BIPOC. ) [ I received a complimentary copy from the publisher - Mackidsbooks - in exchange for an honest review ]

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    This is not a very well done book. The illustrations are very bland/repetitive as there is lots of water in this book. The story is not very interesting. With a story like this, I'm not surprised it turned out to not be good because it's a very small/unknown accomplishment. This is not a very well done book. The illustrations are very bland/repetitive as there is lots of water in this book. The story is not very interesting. With a story like this, I'm not surprised it turned out to not be good because it's a very small/unknown accomplishment.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Sarah had been waiting all her life for this wave. Before today no woman has yet surfed Mavericks. Today is the day. (Great fold out page to show the height of the wave.)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Krissy Neddo

    Adding this one to my biography read alouds. Not too much text which sometimes weighs down a read aloud. Liked illustrations- will appeal to kids.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aniko Nagyne vig

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jj

  11. 4 out of 5

    Spencer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

  13. 5 out of 5

    Alexx Burris

  14. 5 out of 5

    Leslee

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rob

  16. 4 out of 5

    Bur Davis

  17. 5 out of 5

    Theresa

  18. 5 out of 5

    Christy

  19. 4 out of 5

    Ellie Dynek

  20. 5 out of 5

    Caralen

  21. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  22. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

  23. 5 out of 5

    Ed

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Lovejoy

  25. 5 out of 5

    Annese

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tara

  28. 5 out of 5

    Kꌗꌗ

  29. 4 out of 5

    Dion

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maeve

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