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Harriet Chalmers Adams: Explorer and Adventurer (Notable Americans) Library Binding – January, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Series: Notable Americans
  • Library Binding: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Pub; 1st edition (January 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1883846188
  • ISBN-13: 978-1883846183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,263,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up. Harriet Chalmers Adams is a fascinating subject for a biography for young adults. Unfortunately, this rather dry account does not do her justice. The subject began her adventures early, traveling through California on horseback from the Oregon border to Mexico with her father when she was just 14, in 1889. She was the first white woman to see and explore unmapped regions of the Andes, as well as traverse the continent of South America; she wrote and lectured for National Geographic for nearly 30 years; and helped to found the Society of Woman Geographers. A great deal of factual information is conveyed through awkward sentence constructions and trite descriptions. The author assumes knowledge of women's lives and roles at the turn of this century that young readers may not have. Adams's beliefs and treatment of native people are praised, but no historical context is provided, leaving readers with no sense of the accuracy of her findings or of her contributions to current knowledge. Of limited appeal.?Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

Gr. 6^-12. An early love of travel and discovery directed the entire life of Harriet Chalmers Adams. She and her husband began their journeys together with an extended honeymoon in Mexico in 1900, followed by a three-year trip to primitive areas of South America. She earned money for more travel by publishing and lecturing about her discoveries. She visited the Caribbean and the Far East looking for evidence to support her theory that Native American ancestors were Asian. When war came to Europe, she was the first woman correspondent allowed to travel to the front. She founded a society for women geographers and, after recovering from a serious back injury, continued traveling throughout Mediterranean countries. Tales of her often dangerous adventures make for lively reading. Adams earned a reputation as writer, lecturer, and humanitarian, and this book illuminates her unconventional life. Susan DeRonne

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Durlynn Anema's parents divorced when she was fourteen years old so she understands the trauma that develops. She is a counselor for tweens and teens whose parents have divorced or will divorce -- and has included her advice to them in the book. She is a Board Member for the Valley Community Counseling Services, the author of twelve titles, educator, journalist, and a Susan B. Anthony award winner. She currently resides in Valley Springs, California.