Women Explorers

Women Explorers


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Meet ten inspiring women whose passions for exploration made them push the boundaries

Though most people have heard of explorers like Henry Hudson and Christopher Columbus, few have heard names like Nellie Cashman and Annie Smith Peck. Unfortunately, most of the brave women explorers have never made it into history books because they lived in times when it was taboo for women to go off on their own. Luckily, the daring women in this book didn't let those taboos slow them down as they climbed treacherous mountains, studied Aboriginal cultures, and lived with Pygmy tribes!

With engaging text and bold illustrations, Women Explorers will finally properly introduce these adventurous women to the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780147517364
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/01/2015
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 1,145,646
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Julie Cummins was the coordinator of children's services for the New York Public Library for several years. Her previous book with Cheryl Harness, Women Daredevils, received two starred reviews. She lives in Canandaigua, New York.












About Julie Cummins


It began in California on the 6th of July in 1951. It is influenced by a childhood with lots of books mostly about Laura & Mary or Betsy & Tacy or Tom & Huck. I live and work in a brown house near the very center of Independence, Missouri, the Queen City of the Trails. Outside is a tiny yard. Inside is 1 Scottie (Maudie), 1 cat (Merrie Emma), and hundreds of books.


That began with a degree in art education (1973) at Central Missouri State University. After I was a student teacher, I worked as a waitress, and art supply seller, a theme park portrait spinner, a greeting card person at Hallmark Cards and a needlework designer in California. I kept reading and drawing, nursing a crush on the kind of picture-making done by N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish, and Jessie Wilcox Smith.

I'd gone to Uri Shulevitz' children's book summer-study in 1984 which gave me the courage to go to New York in 1985 to show editors my willingness to illustrate books for them. Mostly, they weren't thankful. Still, I illustrated ten books, night and weekends, until I quit my greeting card job at Current in Colorado in 1989. I sculpted, designed music boxes and Kleenex boxes, won a Republic of San Marino postage stamp painting prize, and finished writing my first book. I discovered, on the Mayflower, a feel for American History.

My days are filled up with researching, writing, and painting (out of a rusty watercolor box I've used since the first Nixon Administration). I go gallivanting all over the country to see historic places and talk about picture books.


Friends, books (murder mysteries in particular), movie theaters, and taking my old Scottie for walks - these are my pleasures. Mostly though, my fun is what I get to do for a living. If someone had told my 10-year-old self that I would get to stay home and read, write, and draw all day, I'd have said, "Oh thank you! Thank you, Fairy Godmother!"

"I'd encourage any young reader to scan their libraries and bookstores for more splendid nonfiction by Harness."

—Knoxville News-Sentinel

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Women Explorers 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
ydraughon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Women Explorers is a collective biography that features ten women explorers who were born before 1900 and is recommended for students grades 3 through 6. This companion book to Women Daredevils: Thrills, Chills, and Frills, is written by Julie Cummins, illustrated by Cheryl Harness, and published by the Penguin Group 2012. The book is 48 pages long and includes author¿s notes, two pages of short bios of ten other women explorers, a bibliography, and list of websites for further research. In the introduction, Cummins describes how we commonly associate explorers to men, but there were many brave women who dared to explore and contributed so much to science, history, and geography. She also explains the challenges of gender barriers, societal disapproval, and second-class status that these women faced. Cummins dedicates four pages to each explorer providing fascinating facts. She keeps her young audience in mind as she explains some of the family problems these women had. Their endeavors ranged from the Arctic, Africa, Russia, and China. Harness, the illustrator, pictures each woman with a sense of strength. The pictures also capture the foreign background of the explorer¿s travels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im going to be an explorer when i grow up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its life poop
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Person who named there healine emergency your stupid and wierd
Anonymous More than 1 year ago