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Date(s) - 05/04/2019
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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Like a wild vine stuck in a too-small pot, Isabella Bird thirsted for more than her proper 19th-century life in England. Thriving on fresh air, curious Isabella began traveling—first to the English countryside, then to American and Canada, and eventually around the world. With each journey she breathed in new ways to see and describe everything around her, and she turned her experiences into bestselling books that captivated readers with her vibrant descriptions and impressive expeditions. Isabella Bird showed the world that women could be persistent, independent, daring, and successful.

This nonfiction picture book about an inspiring female pioneer of exploration features detailed, graphic novel-like illustrations by Kristy Caldwell. Author Lori Mortensen also includes quotations of text from Bird’s own published books throughout the story. Back matter contains an author’s note with more detail about Bird’s life, a timeline of her travels, and additional sources.