Steamboat! The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers by DK Publishing

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Set in the late 1800s, when the Mississippi River was our country's grand highway, and the kind of the road was the steamboat, this fascinating picture-book biography tells the true story of Blanche Leathers, the first woman steamboat captain. Even as a young girl Blanche knew that navigating the mighty Mississippi required a special kind of river sense. But that didn't deter her. Blanche loved the Mississippi and held on to her dream. Years later this determined young woman took her pilot's exam, becoming the first woman to captain a steamboat. Judith Heide Gilliland's lyrical text and Holly Meade's distinctive art capture life on the Mississippi and the glory of the steamboat as they tell the story of a young girl who became a legend on the river when piloting one of these grand boats was the dream of boys everywhere.

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JUDITH HEIDE GILLILAND’ s picture books include "The Day of""Ahmed’ s Secret," a "Booklist "Editors’ Choice and a "School Library""Journal "Best Book of the Year. This is her first novel. She livesin Amherst, New Hampshire. David Elliott is the author of several books for young readers, including the NEW YORK TIMES best-selling picture book AND HERE'S TO YOU! He lives in Warner, New Hampshire. Holly Meade has illustrated many picture books, including the Caldecott Honor-winning HUSH! A THAI LULLABY and its follow-up, PEEK! A THAI HIDE-AND-SEEK, both by Minfong Ho. This is the first time she has used woodcuts for a picture book. She lives in Sedgwick, Maine.
Published March 1, 2000 by DK CHILDREN. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books.

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Gilliland's (The House of Wisdom) story flows as swiftly and assuredly as the Mississippi River on which it is set, recounting Blanche Douglas's childhood dream--and its realization--to be the first w

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Though Captain Blackstone, who pilots that first steamboat, scoffs at Blanche's announcement that she wants to be a captain like him someday (""Girls don't grow up to be steamboatmen""), 26 years later, he would be among the examiners to test Blanche and pronounce her a fully fledged ""steamboatm...

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