Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventureby Don Brown
Describes the difficulties faced by the first woman to make a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco in an automobile in 1909. See more details below
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Describes the difficulties faced by the first woman to make a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco in an automobile in 1909.
In delicate watercolors, using a palette and pen-and-wash technique familiar from his first book, Brown tells the story of Alice Ramsey, the first woman to drive across America. She undertook her venture in 1909 with three women and a promise of car-repair assistance from the Maxell company, maker of the touring car and sponsor of the trip. Her journey offers readers a unique perspective on the US at that time: It was varied (hogs in the farmland, miles of railroad track in Chicago, gravelly arroyos in Wyoming) and vast (the seemingly limitless horizon of Nebraska and little more than a sandy path through Nevada). An arrival in San Francisco is enlivened by much flag-waving in the illustration, one more variation on the compositions that reveal cool nights, hot sunny plains, and lush mountainous forests. Brown leaves the story spare and true, with touches of humor; readers have enough information to pursue facts in other books, among them Patricia Rusch Hyatt's Coast to Coast With Alice (1995). It's quite a story, and Brown quietly reminds readers that it's also quite a triumph.
“Excellent pacing, splendid paintings, and a ‘will-she-make-it?’ plot add up to a Triple-A Motor Club perfection.” The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Starred
"Brown describes an astonishing feat without fanfare or needless adulation . . . . [he] leaves the story spare and true, with touches of humor. . . . It's quite a story, and Brown reminds readers that it's also quite a triumph." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers
“The author of RUTH LAW THRILLS A NATION pays admiring tribute to the first woman to drive across the United States an uncommonly daring feat in 1909, before the days of interstates, road maps, or gas stations . . . truly a grand adventure.” School Library Journal, Starred
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