Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats (Hardcover)

Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats

By Julia Cummins, Cheryl Harness (Illustrator)

Dial Books for Young Readers, 9780803737136, 48pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2012



Meet ten inspiring women whose passions for exploration made them push the boundaries

Though most people have heard of explorers like Henry Hudson and Christopher Columbus, few have heard names like Nellie Cashman and Annie Smith Peck. Unfortunately, most of the brave women explorers have never made it into history books because they lived in times when it was taboo for women to go off on their own. Luckily, the daring women in this book didn't let those taboos slow them down as they climbed treacherous mountains, studied Aboriginal cultures, and lived with Pygmy tribes

With engaging text and bold illustrations, Women Explorers will finally properly introduce these adventurous women to the world.

About the Author

Julie Cummins was the coordinator of children's services for the New York Public Library for several years. Her previous book with Cheryl Harness, Women Daredevils, recieved two starred reviews. She lives in Canandaigua, New York. Cheryl Harness (www.cherylharness.com) has written and/or illustrated more than forty books for children. She lives in Independence, Missouri.

Praise For Women Explorers: Perils, Pistols, and Petticoats

"Cummins masterfully includ[es] interesting details . . . Informative and entertaining."
-School Library Journal

"The figures included in the book are worth remembering not just because they were women but because they were remarkable adventure-seekers and barrier-breakers."

"In an engaging, informative style, Cummins highlights fascinating facts about these feisty females 'who conquered the unknown.'"