Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure by Don Brown

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Don Brown introduces us to yet another little-known heroine. On June 9, 1909, twenty-two-year-old Alice Ramsey hitched up her skirts and climbed behind the wheel of a Maxwell touring car. Fifty-nine days later she rolled into San Francisco, becoming the first woman to drive across America. What happened in between is quite a tale! Through words and pictures, the author shares this story of a brave and tenacious young woman who followed her vision to conquer the open road - even when the road was nothing more than a wagon trail. Alice Ramsey's adventure offers a unique perspective on turn-of-the-century America and pays tribute to the pioneering spirit that helped create it.

About Don Brown

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Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him ?a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.” He lives in New York with his family.
Published September 26, 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Brown (Ruth Law Thrills a Nation, 1993) describes an astonishing feat without fanfare or needless adulation, in a story of a little-known automobile pioneer.

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Brown zeroes in on the kind of telling details that breathe life into the dry facts of history--from the intrepid Alice (decked out in goggles, enormous hat, and duster over voluminous skirts) negotiating an Illinois road ""clogged"" with pigs (""big pigs, little pigs, brown, black, and pink pigs...

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