Women Daredevils

Women Daredevils

Thrills, Chills, and Frills

Book - 2008
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Annie Edson Taylor went over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Mabel Stark wrestled with tigers. Sonora Webster Carver plummeted forty feet on horseback into a tank of water. These and the eleven other women profiled in this book performed between 1880 and 1929, when females were expected to stay home and raise families, not entertain crowds with acts of derring-do. Their bravado, equal to that of any male thrill-seeker, made them inspiring at a time when women were testing the waters of equality and freedom. Julie Cummins's conversational text and Cheryl Harness's posterlike illustrations bring a colorful era in history to life.
Publisher: New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2008]
Copyright Date: ©2008
ISBN: 9780525479482
Branch Call Number: 791.0922 CUM
Characteristics: 48 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Additional Contributors: Harness, Cheryl


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At a time when women usually stayed home and took care of their children, these fourteen women dove, drove, sped, and performed other feats of “daring do” that put their names in lights.

ChristchurchKids Mar 24, 2014

Fans of extreme sports may be surprised to learn that flirting with disaster isn't a new pastime, and that many of the thrill-seekers of the late-18th and early-19th centuries were women. Imagine yourself inside a circus tent, gasping in awe as you watch 16-year-old bareback rider May Wirth do a backward somersault from the back of one galloping horse to another. Or imagine barely being able to watch as Mademoiselle d'Zizi jumps her bicycle off a ramp and over six elephants! These short, true stories about 13 fearless women will make you feel as if you are witnessing their derring-do firsthand.

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