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
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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