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GREAT GLOBAL PUZZLE CHALLENGE GOOGLE EARTH - Integrating print with electronic media, this puzzle challenge takes readers on a fascinating trip around the world.

THE ROAD TO THERE: Mapmakers and Their Stories, Val Ross

Road maps; sailor’s charts; quilts; songlines; gilded parchment covered with jewel-like colors; computer printouts – to guide us through the strange, vast, beautiful, and mysterious frontiers of the world of maps, Ross presents the men and women who made them.

Here are some of the unexpected stories of history’s great mapmakers: the fraud artists who deliberately distorted maps for political gain, Captain Cook, the slaves on the run who found their way thanks to specially-pieced quilts, the woman who mapped London’s streets, princes, doctors, and warriors. These are the people who helped us chart our way in the world, under the sea, and on to the stars.

With reproductions of some of the most important maps in history, this book, packed with information, is as fascinating and suspenseful as a novel.

Age 11 and up

$19.95 (hardcover)

DON BROWN'S BOOKS

Author and illustrator Don Brown tells of the daring feats of dauntless women explorers of the past. The books are charmingly written and illustrated. This growing series highlights the uncommon adventures of women travellers with spirit.

Ages 4-8

$5.95 (softcover)

ALICE RAMSEY'S GRAND ADVENTURE, Don Brown

On June 9, 1909, before road maps, gas stations and interstate highways, 22-year-old Alice Ramsey climbed behind the wheel of a Maxwell touring car. Fifty-nine days later she rolled into San Francisco, becoming the first woman to drive across America. In 1909, hers was a daring feat.

$5.95 (softcover)

UNCOMMON TRAVELER: Mary Kingsley in Africa, Don Brown

This lively book tells the story of a lonely English girl who grew up without an education, caring for her bedridden mother and often-absent father in a small house outside London. When, as a 31-year-old, she journeyed to West Africa in her Victorian clothing, she discovered amidst the punishing heat and hardships giant insects, crocodiles, hippos - and happiness.

$5.95 (softcover)

FAR BEYOND THE GARDEN GATE: Alexandra David-Neel's Journey to Lhasa, Don Brown

The remarkable tale of Alexandra David-Neel, and her quest to be the first Western woman to enter Lhasa, the capitol of Tibet.

 

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