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Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure

By Mary Dixon Weidler, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Exciting tale of the first woman to drive across America.

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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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