A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers [NOOK Book]

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The stories of two dozen fascinating female explorers, from a wide range of eras, cultures, races, and economic backgrounds, are profiled in this entertaining and educational resource. Each of the women profiled overcame many obstacles to satisfy her curiosity and passions, including Eleanor Creesy, who was a ship’s navigator in the 1800s; Kate Jackson, an insatiable investigator of venomous snakes whose work has led her to remote Africa and Latin America; and Constanza Ceruti, the world’s only female ...

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A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers

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Overview

The stories of two dozen fascinating female explorers, from a wide range of eras, cultures, races, and economic backgrounds, are profiled in this entertaining and educational resource. Each of the women profiled overcame many obstacles to satisfy her curiosity and passions, including Eleanor Creesy, who was a ship’s navigator in the 1800s; Kate Jackson, an insatiable investigator of venomous snakes whose work has led her to remote Africa and Latin America; and Constanza Ceruti, the world’s only female high-elevation archaeologist, who carries out excavations on the Earth’s highest peaks in dangerously thin air and subzero temperatures. Offering not only important historical context but also original interviews with many intriguing modern explorers, this who’s who of women explorers will provide inspiration to today’s young women interested in nature, science, and a physical challenge.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“This book showcases women explorers from several continents and across two centuries. Just as varied as the subjects of their explorations are the range of life experiences that led these women to push against traditional boundaries and set them on the path toward discovery.” —Kate Jackson, assistant professor, Department of Biology, Whitman College

A World of Her Own brilliantly conveys stories about women pioneers in science and exploration, many of whom not only rocked the cradle and kept house but also mastered a telescope, sextant, slingshot, artist canvas, ice axe, or plant press. This volume is bound to inspire many young women.” —Meg Lowman, director, Nature Research Center at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and research professor, North Carolina State University

"'Women of Action' series makes perfect addition to libraries in March." —Curriculum Review

“This book was compulsively readable and while the biographies found here are pretty short, they whetted my appetite to read more about these wonderful women! This would be a great book to introduce younger readers to some really amazing personalities!” —A Bookish Affair

“Girls 11 or 12 and up, especially those interested in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields, will find this clearly-penned book inspirational. In fact, all girls will enjoy these amazing true tales, especially if they love nature, animals, the environment and physical challenges.” —Arcamax

A World of Her Own dramatically describes the stories of women showing great perseverance and strength, and it is a collection that will appeal to middle and high school audiences.” —Science Scope

Voya Reviews, April 2014 (Vol. 36, No. 1) - Rachel Wadham
If you were asked to think of famous explorers, chances are you would think mostly of men. However, there are also many great female adventurers. This book seeks to bring to light the exploits of these interesting ladies. Chapters document the achievements of twenty-four women as they journey from the tops of mountains to the depths of the sea. Including both historical and modern examples, the text outlines these women’s spirit of adventure as they journey into the wilds of the planet, pursuing scientific discoveries or just for fun. This collective biography certainly fills a niche with its wide coverage of women’s contributions to exploration. While it is unlikely to be read cover to cover for pleasure reading, its theme may spark readers’ imaginations and inspire girls in their own explorations. While the chapters give quite a lot of information about each individual, the narrative is sparse and at times dull. Short sentences and limited use of figurative language presents “just the facts” so that the excitement in this book comes from the types of adventures outlined rather than the quality of its written depictions. Without a doubt there is good information here, and the added resources, notes, and bibliography support this. Sadly, the style lacks the qualities that would engage a wider audience of readers, making this text most suitable for classrooms or other mediated interactions between teens and librarians. Reviewer: Rachel Wadham; Ages 12 to 18.
School Library Journal
12/01/2014
Gr 7–10—This addition certainly lives up to its series name. Naturalist and author Ross tells the stories of different women who stepped outside their comfort zones, overcame hardships, and earned advanced degrees all in order to explore nature, seek adventure, and find personal fulfillment. Divided into four parts—"Called by Mountains," "Seeking Nature," "Exploring the World's Water," and "Long Trek"—the book profiles women such as Sophia Danenberg, who summited Everest in 2006; Constanza Ceruti, who climbs mountains to visit high-elevation archaeological sites; Ynes Mexia, who traversed South America in the 1930s; and homemaker and mother Helga Estby, who with her daughter Clara walked across America in 1896. These are fascinating, well-told stories, sure to intrigue readers. Photographs are scattered throughout the text. A solid collection of inspiring individuals.—Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel
Kirkus Reviews
2014-01-02
If only the writing lived up to the subject matter…. Twenty-four vignettes of intrepid true-life women—exploring, adventuring and risking their lives to live fully—are recounted in passive, confusing narratives. Disjointed thoughts plague many of the accounts: "At one point Sophia thought that she couldn't walk another step, but she only grew stronger." Troublesome undercurrents riffle others: "…and Eleanor's intelligence, courage, and grace set an example of what a woman could accomplish at sea." (Switch the gender and see how patronizing it sounds.) For a book about women, the influence of men infiltrates irritatingly. Most role models depicted, whether in the forms of parents, spouses or professors, are men. Professors, especially, proliferate since doctorates are earned by many of the women. And often earned, it seems, without much juggling of responsibilities or financial hardship. While many of the women profiled knew struggle in both childhood and adulthood, the flat tone of the writing keeps readers from engaging emotionally. All these women could be—are—wonderful role models, and their stories could inspire, if only they were told with more passion. The most inspiration is found in the resources, notes and bibliography sections of the backmatter. The book's overall tone—that of a laundry list of accomplishments—does a disservice to readers who deserve to relate to and be inspired by these remarkable women. (Collective biography. 10-17)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781613744413
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/1/2014
  • Series: Women of Action Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,320,155
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Michael Elsohn Ross is a naturalist, science educator, and award-winning author of over 40 books for children, including Sandbox Scientist, Snug As a Bug, Rolypolyology, and Salvador Dalí and the Surrealists.

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