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Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure Paperback – September 26, 2000

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The travel bug knows no limits of age or gender, and neither should travel literature. In Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure, writer and illustrator Don Brown tells the story of an intrepid young woman and her 59-day drive across America in 1909. As Brown soon makes clear, Alice Ramsey's journey was no mean feat--for one thing, the roads were poor, there were no road signs, and there was only one guidebook for motorists--the Blue Book, which contained directions such as "Turn left at the red barn with the yellow silo..." Excellent directions as long as the farmer hadn't repainted the silo blue.

Accompanied by her friend Hermine and her two sisters-in-law, Alice Ramsey made her way west, fording flooding streams and muddy roads and facing mechanical failures, terrible weather, and other obstacles both natural and manmade until at last she entered San Francisco to a grand parade. Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventurehas drama, humor, suspense--in short, all the qualities one looks for in travel literature--and charming illustrations as well, guaranteed to appeal to young travelers-in-the-making. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3. A true tale with engaging art that stars a heroine with persistence and practical know-how. Overcoming steep mountains and mechanical breakdowns, Ramsey became the first woman to motor across the country.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (September 26, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0618073167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0618073160
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 10 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,788,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lawrance Bernabo HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
No doubt young readers will be struck by the idea that on June 9, 1909 a twenty-two-year-old woman named Alice Ramsey made a name for herself by becoming the first woman to drive across America in an automobile. After all, the thought that this achievement would be a big deal should strike this as being somewhat odd. But one of the things that "Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure" does is remind its readers what life was like at the turn of the last century, especially if you happened to be a woman (after all, women could not yet vote in the United States).
Told and illustrated with watercolor paintings by Don Brown, "Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure" makes it clear why this fifty-nine day trip, which began on June 9, 1909, was something akin to something done by pioneers the century before. After all, Alice did this trip traveling with her friend and her sisters-in-law, and the only one who knew anything about automobiles was Alice. The car was a Maxwell touring car, which had a top speed of 42 miles per hour and where you had to light the headlamps with a match. To make things even more interesting there were no road signs, many roads were for horses rather than automobiles, and the only guidebook that existed for motorists only covered the eastern part of the country.
What is fascinating here are the details, the problems both big and small, that Alice Ramsey faced while driving across the country in her Maxwell. After all, this trip took place less than a century ago, which makes "Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure" a great example of those tales about the Olden Days when you can really tell how different things were way back then. If young readers were to think about what they could do today that would be in the same spirit, if not the same scale, as what Alice Ramsey did, it would be interesting to see what they might come up with to rival this road trip.
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Format: Paperback
"On June 9, 1909, Alice Ramsey drove out of New York City and into a grand adventure. Alice Ramsey wanted to be the first woman to drive across America. Alice's friend, Hermine, and her sisters-in-law, Nettie and Margaret, traveled with her..." So begins Don Brown's marvelous story of a little known young woman and her dream. Mr Brown's engaging and informative text, told in an easy to read conversational style, is filled with enlightening details about how the trip progressed over its 59 day period. Pigs clogged the road in Illinois, and railroad tracks slowed them down in Chicago and "...the car bounced over mile after mile of rail until the women were dizzy." Dirt roads became muddy and impassable when it rained, and as they traveled further west, there were no roads at all. "Alice followed telephone lines, hoping the wires would lead her to the next town. It wasn't always successful-sometimes it left them even more lost." And there were many mishaps and breakdowns along the way. But as she crested the Sierra Mountains, Alice knew she was now in California and close to her goal. "Alice guided the Maxwell onto a ferry that carried them to San Fransisco. When she rolled off the ferry behind the wheel of her Maxwell, Alice Ramsey became the first woman to have driven across America! It was August 7, 1909, Fifty-nine days had passed since Alice left New York City." Charming watercolor illustrations add just the right touch, and highlight the important events of the story. Perfect for youngsters 4-8, Alice Ramsey's Grand Adventure is an inspiring tale, told by a gifted storyteller, that is sure to whet the appetite of adventurous readers and send them out looking for more.
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By A Customer on October 16, 1997
Format: Hardcover
This is a darn good read...with pictures to boot. Unfortunately my eight year old now wants to drive cross country. Not have me drive her mind you, she wants to be the one doing the driving.
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The spirit of the times at the turn of the last century was driven by all the dazzling transportation "firsts" -- FIRST solo Atlantic flight, FIRST woman Atlantic flight, FIRST cross-country flight, FIRST black coast-to-coast flight, and on and on.

This book details the first coast-to-coast car trip by a woman, in 1909. The roads were wretched, the directions were laughable, the car was fickle, and her friends were so much ballast. But she made it.

This is a good historical story, with context and GREAT illustrations. It is not a full biography, so check with the teacher before your child chooses Alice Ramsey for a biography book report.
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This book was JUST OK... sometimes the author got so wrapped up into giving the information that "storyline" for children might have been lost a little. MORE isn't always Better.
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Luminous watercolors and a straightforward writing style serve to enchant the reader without over-romanticizing a true story. I look forward to more by this author.
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