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Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa

Uncommon Traveler: Mary Kingsley in Africa

Fall 2000 Fiction
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Don Brown
ISBN: 0-618-00273-1
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:
Mary Kingsley's girlhood in England was extremely lonely and grim. Until she was thirty, she was almost housebound by family obligations; a sick mother and an absent father. Books were her only adventure. They whetted her appetite for travel. At her parents’ death she set sail for West Africa. Undaunted by heat, insects, or crocodiles climbing into her canoe, Kingsley embraced explorations almost unknown for a female of her day.

With understated text and thin-lined, stylized, blue-tinged watercolors, the author - illustrator subtly draws character--which Kingsley possesses in spades. She is intrepid, fiery and so daring, she once used her umbrella to scratch a hippo behind the ear.

Kemie Nix   ©2000 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense in selecting books children love to read.

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