Monday, August 16, 2021

Away with Words: The Daring Story Of Isabella Bird by Lori Mortensen & illustrated by Kristy Caldwell (Peachtree Publishing) [Review & Giveaway USA/CANADA]

My thoughts: 
An interesting picture book biography of a woman "before her time" who dared to be a non-conformist in Victorian England. The story begins with young Isabella as a sickly child who lay abed and indoors much of the time. Finally, a doctor encouraged some outdoor activity might benefit so Isabella's father took her horseback riding. On these rides he helped her discover and develop a love of all things in the out of doors.

Her health improved during these times of outdoor activities and declined when the activities were halted.

Finally, she began to adventure forth on travels to various parts of the world. During these trips her health improved and she lovingly recorded what she saw and experienced.

I found this story of a liberated Victorian woman interesting to read. There was just enough text and accompanying illustrations to engage a young reader. I find picture book biographies interesting and wonderful tools to help drive the young reader toward the non-fiction book shelves for book selections.

About the book: An inspirational picture book biography for readers seeking adventure-filled girl power stories. Perfect for Women’s History Month!

“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.
Begins August 16
Ends September 10 @ 12:01 a.m. EDT
Open to USA & CANADA addresses
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate a review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given. Winner's copy is provided and mailed directly to the winner by publisher, publicist, or author. Chat With Vera is not responsible for lost or misdirected prizes.


  1. Two other non-fiction books I would like are Abraham Lincoln’s Dueling Words and Eleanor’s Story

  2. Two non-fiction books I am interested in are Charles Darwin and the Voyage of the Beagle and Arthritis of the Hip & Knee
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  3. Two other non-fiction books I'd like are Growing Up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia and About Marine Mammals
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  4. Nina Soni, Master of the Garden and Lula and the Sea Monster look interesting

  5. Two other non-fiction books I like are Eleanor’s Story and About Marine Mammals.


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