“Isabella Bird was like a wild vine stuck in a too-small pot. She needed more room. She had to get out. She had to explore.”
Exploring was easier said than done in Victorian England. But Isabella persisted, and with each journey, she breathed in new ways to see and describe everything around her. Question by question, word by word, Isabella bloomed. First, out in the English countryside. Then, off to America and Canada. And eventually, around the world, to Africa, Asia, Australia, and more.
This dashing picture book biography about the first female member of the Royal Geographic Society takes readers around the world with a daring nineteenth-century female explorer and author. Kristy Caldwell’s detailed illustrations illuminate Bird’s travels around the world, and Lori Mortensen’s back matter, author’s note, and bibliography will satisfy the curiosity of readers who want to learn more.
“Sure to inspire the explorers of tomorrow … The crux of this unforgettable tale is that if you can dream big and be brave, anything is possible."
“Mortensen distills a very full life into a condesed but readable narrative for primary grade children... Children who hope to forge their own paths can take heart from this picture-book biography.”
“Mortensen writes in a precise, poetic manner... This volume captures the spirit of a woman who embraced new experiences and played by her own rules..."
"An engaging biography for intermediate grades."
—School Library Journal
“Author Lori Mortensen writes of fearless Isabella in delicious words and phrases that practically melt in your mouth and keep the pages turning. This story is a treat for young, independent and adventuresome souls.”