A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Fun history lesson about a record-breaking woman, the first to drive across the U.S. Also shows the geographical sweep of farmland, cities, flatlands, and mountains she crossed.
Follow your dream. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do something because you're a girl or a woman.
Positive Role Models
Alice Ramsey broke a barrier and a record, exceeding expectations of women in 1909.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure tells the story of the first woman to hit the open trail and drive across the United States in 1909. It's an enjoyable true tale of someone finding her own place in history. The story also provides a mini-geography lesson, as the car chugs through farmland, cities, flatlands, and mountains.
Is It Any Good?
Author Don Brown deftly details the hardships of Alice Ramsey and her companions as she became the first woman to drive across the United States in 1909. Can a drive in a vehicle that tops out at 42 miles per hour be considered an adventure in our hurry-up society? Yes!
Brown's watercolors -- some full-page, others dotted around the text -- help the story move more quickly than Alice's Maxwell touring car did. Particularly clever are the dark pages with white text explaining how Alice had to drive at night through the hot desert.
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