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Steamboat! The Story of Captain Blanche Leathers

by DK Publishing

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Another great picture book biography has surfaced. I didn't know the first thing about Blanche Leathers, though I had heard of the Natchez for some unknown reason. Anyway this book would work for women's biographies as anyone can see. The text is fairly simple, probably okay for a fourth or fifth grader and definitely the only book on this woman for this age group. ( )
  matthewbloome | May 19, 2013 |
Blanche Douglas spends her days on the banks of the Mississippi River. She waits for the Steamboat to come into the landing. She dreams of being a steamboatman but Mr. Blackstone says, "Girls don't grow up to be steamboatmen." Blanche grows up and marries Steamboat Natchez Captain Bowing Leathers. Living on the grandest steam boat, Blanche still has not forgotten her dream. One night she climbs to the pilot house and tells her husband of her dream. Captain Leathers begins teaching Blanche how to know and read the river. After a lot of studying, Blanche goes to New Orleans to take the exam to become a steamboat captain. The examiners asked her difficult questions about the Mississippi River and tested her navigational skills. After proving herself, Blanche became the first women steamboat captain. This book could be used in a lesson about Women's Role in American History. Also this is a great story about determination and striving to accomplish our goals. ( )
  Mwbordel | Jan 27, 2013 |
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Set in the late 1800s, when the Mississippi River was our country's grand highway, and the kind of the road was the steamboat, this fascinating picture-book biography tells the true story of Blanche Leathers, the first woman steamboat captain. Even as a young girl Blanche knew that navigating the mighty Mississippi required a special kind of river sense. But that didn't deter her. Blanche loved the Mississippi and held on to her dream. Years later this determined young woman took her pilot's exam, becoming the first woman to captain a steamboat. Judith Heide Gilliland's lyrical text and Holly Meade's distinctive art capture life on the Mississippi and the glory of the steamboat as they tell the story of a young girl who became a legend on the river when piloting one of these grand boats was the dream of boys everywhere.

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Describes how Blanche Douglas Leathers studied the Mississippi River and passed the test to become a steamboat captain in 1894.

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