Women Daredevils by Julia Cummins
Thrills, Chills, and Frills

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Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Mabel Stark wrestled with tigers. Sonora Webster Carver plummeted forty feet on horseback into a tank of water. These and the eleven other women profiled in this book performed between 1880 and 1929, when females were expected to stay home and raise families, not entertain crowds with acts of derring-do. Their bravado, equal to that of any male thrill-seeker, made them inspiring at a time when women were testing the waters of equality and freedom. Julie Cummins’s conversational text and Cheryl Harness’s posterlike illustrations bring a colorful era in history to life.
 

About Julia Cummins

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Julie Cummins is the author of several books, including Tomboy of the Air: Daredevil Pilot Blanche Stuart Scott. She lives in Canandaigua, New York. Cheryl Harness is the author and illustrator of more than twenty popular books about history.
 
Published January 24, 2008 by Dutton Juvenile. 48 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Women's History in Children's Books

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After showcasing risk-taking gals in Women Daredevils (2007), Cummins introduces 10 “dauntless” women born before 1900 whose little-known deeds “contribut[ed] to science, geography, history, and cultural understanding” at a time when “proper ladies simply did not go gallivanting around the world ...

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At a time when women were expected to be domestic angels, this spunky history tracks a handful of female risk-takers who dared to do what they loved despite the danger.

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At a time when women were expected to be domestic angels, this spunky history tracks a handful of female risk-takers who dared to do what they loved despite the danger.

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From May Wirth (hailed as the world's greatest bareback rider for her ability to perform back flips atop a galloping horse) to Zazel (“Human Cannonball in Pink Tights”), each legendary lady receives two double spreads bordered in racy red (a few women who undertook similar exploits share a layout...

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